After a six year run of lousy and sometimes scary dental experiences, I searched reviews and took a chance with Dr. Edward A. Alvarez, DDS. I was initially greeted by Francesca who is friendly and knowledgeable. His clearly caring dental assistant, Karen, led me into the room and prepared me for services. I felt really lucky when I met Dr. Alvarez and learned how advanced his knowledge and skills were. Once, I visited his office for a toothache and instead of taking advantage of this money making opportunity, he told me about an article he read about sinus mimicking pain.
This week, I visited his office to have him even out a crown that was longer than the other. This was a free service and I wanted him to profit from my visit. Without having meditated, I scheduled a cleaning and x-rays. On the way to Dr. Alvarez’s office, I called Francesca to tell her that I only wanted the x-rays. The thought of having a dental hygienist polishing my teeth with globs of fluoride made me nauseous.
When I sat in the chair and Karen put the protective coat on my body and pulled it up to my neck, I thought, “If they go through the trouble of putting this covering from my neck to my thighs, it must be really dangerous.” I confirmed my assumption with Karen and asked, “what about my head?” I couldn’t go through with it but I told her to charge me for it anyway. I thought they could do that since I cancelled. Dr. Alvarez came in to explain that to charge me would be considered fraud. Nonetheless, I declined the x-rays and signed a waiver for him.
Dr. Alvarez is a strong proponent of fluoride but he told me that he respects his client’s decisions to refuse it and he offers a fluoride-free paste instead. I agreed to proceed with the cleaning and to my surprise he believes in doing it himself. During the cleaning, he told me that the paste is also gluten-free. I noticed that it was really sweet and inquired of its ingredients. He provided me with a copy of the Material Safety Data Sheet but there was no list of ingredients. Instead, I noticed a precaution: “Dental Prophylaxis Paste should be expectorated and NOT SWALLOWED.” With all caps, that looks dangerous to me. I checked the ingredients:
I really appreciate that it’s gluten, dye and fluoride free but I can’t help wonder what the other ingredients are. Why can’t it be swallowed? How do you avoid swallowing something, when your head and body are tilted back, with your mouth wide open? Even if you don’t swallow, the ingredients are absorbed into your gums and saliva. Sparkle Free’s sweetener, Xylitol is processed. “While it is true that Xylitol is a naturally occurring substance, manufactured Xylitol is another matter entirely. Commercially available Xylitol is produced by the industrialized process of sugar hydrogenation. In order to hydrogenate anything, a catalyst is needed, and in the case of xylitol, Raney nickel is used which is a powdered nickel-aluminum alloy.
Can we say heavy metal residue?” – SARAH http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/xylitol-not-as-sweet-as-its-cracked-up-to-be/
It’s challenging to avoid toxicity, when you visit a dentist, even if you have perfect teeth. Although he is listed under general dentistry, Dr. Alvarez offers many wholistic services. When I learned that that he was mercury free, I returned the next day to have my amalgam fillings removed. The procedure was fast, painless and I’m happy to be mercury free!