Yelm ==> Today’s Dental Center

Doctors: Dr. Craig Simmons

Address (Map): 731 West Indiana

Spokane, 99205

Phone: (509) 325-2051



Have you ever wondered about a holistic approach for your dental needs?

Our biological dentistry encourages the use of nontoxic restoration materials for dental work, and focuses on the unrecognized impact that dental toxins and hidden dental infections can have on your overall health. Dr. Simmons recognizes the close connection between dental health and the individual’s nutrition, immune system, and the nervous system. Here are some common questions that arise.

Should I be concerned about the materials being used in dental fillings?

               Should I be concerned about the safety and prognosis of root canaled teeth?

                              I am trying to avoid the use of dental fluoride, is that possible?

                                          What is a holistic tooth extraction and how is it different?

                                                      How is my diet affecting my teeth?

                                                                    What is biological or holistic dentistry?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

1: Dr. Simmons has researched the composite resins available to locate the most bio-compatible material for the fillings placed at The Holistic  Dental center. We are also careful to utilize composite resins that do not release fluoride, dye, or BPA. First and foremost, mercury is a highly toxic metal. It is certain that if placed into the mouth, the mixed metals leach from the filling into the body. Also, the mercury can easily vaporize during chewing and during dental procedures and go to the brain. The old metal fillings were retained by mechanical retention, causing under-cuts and stress to the remainder of the tooth. Eventually these metal fillings fail and require additional tooth removal due to severe fractures. Leading acupuncturists believe that metals placed in the teeth can interfere with the flow of the meridian energy through the entire body. Dr. Simmons can safely remove your metal fillings.


2: The rationale for root canals is that if a tooth is dying or not healthy, it is better to leave it in place and try to save it, rather than pull it out. The problem is these “dead” or dying root-canal filled teeth are extremely prone to infection. The infection is often not detected on x-rays, and goes unnoticed. However, chronic infection anywhere in the body releases highly toxic substances that are terribly damaging to your health. Dr. Simmons agrees with Dr. Weston Prices’  concern of the outdated practice of destroying the nerve in a tooth to stop pain. The Holistic Dental Center strives for early detection of dental disease in order to prevent a tooth from dying. Dr. Simmons comes against the traditional root canal method daily and encourages patients to choose the best option for their overall body and primarily advises removal of a dead tooth.


3: Fluoride promoters say there are mountains of research showing benefits of fluoride. However, an investigation in 1993 by a New Jersey legislator uncovered the shocking fact that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has never approved fluoride. The FDA cannot give approval, because acceptable evidence of fluoride safety and effectiveness does not exist. The decrease in decay has not become greater in the use of patients using fluoride compared to those individuals not exposed to fluoride. Dr. Simmons encourages his patients to become better educated in applicable home care that will ultimately aid in decreasing decay. As a parent you must decide the best way to care for the children’s oral condition without the use of fluoride.


4: Tooth extractions are necessary to remove non-restorable or infected teeth from the oral cavity. It is important to know about the periodontal ligament that experiences destruction from periodontal abscesses, as well as the supporting bone structure. This is why a holistic extraction is important. During the extraction procedure, Dr. Simmons will remove all diseased tissues along with the non-restorable tooth. The outstanding difference in a tooth extraction lies in the education of removing surrounding diseased tissues, if left in tact, it will only slow or inhibit total healing. Unresolved infections lead to chronic degenerative diseases throughout the body, depressing the immune system. The intensity of a tooth extraction is unpredictable; Dr. Simmons’ mentor-ships, education, and experiences guide him in the oral surgery process to ensure the patient is properly cared for. Patients will be provided cold laser treatment in the chair to increase successful healing, along with home care instructions and healing protocol.


5: Holistic dentists, such as Dr. Simmons, should be deeply concerned about the intimate connection between dental health and nutrition. Dr. Weston Price explored this subject in a classic book entitled Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. The teeth require many minerals, including calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, manganese, boron and perhaps others as well. These minerals are missing from refined foods that our population is exposed to daily. Refined sugars, white flour and white rice, for example, contain little if any of these essential trace minerals. Sugar in the diet feeds bacteria in the mouth that cause plaque and can destroy the teeth. Acidic soda drinks can damage tooth enamel. Phosphoric acid in these drinks also binds and removes calcium, magnesium and zinc from the body. This can lead to bone loss, a common problem today. Eating fruit is also damaging for the teeth in many cases due to the combination of its high sugar content and fruit acids. Dr Simmons always takes into account your daily habits and diet to correlate the existing dental condition, including evaluation of acid erosion. Often times this attention to detail brings forth a solution to many of our patients dental issues.


6: Biological dentists treat dental problems in a variety of ways. They emphasize the conservation of all healthy tooth material and employ the latest techniques of bio-energetic medicine, including neural therapy, oral acupuncture, cold laser therapy, homeopathy, mouth balancing, and nutrition. These dentists should recognize the connection between dental health and the entirety of  the whole body, they should be very concerned about the dental materials being used, they should know about bone cavitations, balanced nutrition, and safety and treatment for previously root canaled teeth. Dr. Simmons is board certified by the International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine; and a member of the Holistic Dental Association and the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology.