Biological Approach

biological approach, tree of life, biologic dentistryA BIOLOGICAL APPROACH TO DENTISTRY

Our team at Bluffton Center for Dentistry does everything to promote and treat the mouth in ways that support the health and well-being of the body as a whole. Looking at the whole body is also called holistic. With our biological approach, we aim to minimize the use of any potential dental toxins through special equipment, safe protocols and a highly-trained team. 


  1. Mercury Safe
    In addition to being a mercury-free office, never placing mercury amalgams, we are also mercury safe. Mercury-safe dentists remove and replace your silver, amalgam fillings with BPA-free white composite fillings, while keeping you safe from the mercury that is released in the process. Learn more about Mercury Safe dentistry.

  2. Bio Compatibility
    Upon patient request, we offer bio compatibility tests of materials that may be used in your mouth to prevent the placement of materials that could prove to be an ongoing source of toxins.

  3. Latex Free & Fragrance Conscious 
    Many people have allergic reactions to latex gloves and cleaning cups. Our office does not use any latex and is experienced with environmentally sensitive patients. We are fragrance conscious and use essential oils.

  4. Safe Mecury Amalgam Removal Technique (SMART) -Certified
    Richard F. Porcelli, DDS, MS, is SMART certified by IAOMT. The educational programming includes learning about the application of the rigorous safety measures, including the utilization of specific equipment. Learn more about SMART.

  5. Fluoride Conscious
    We recommend limiting the use of fluoride and only use distilled water and fluoride-alternative products.

  6. Nutrition Conscious
    We support a real food diet that naturally supports the body’s own immune system. Integrative with homeopathy, acupuncture and other modalities as needed. Alvin H. Danenberg, DDS, our periodontist, also holds the designation of ADAPT Trained Health Practitioner from Kresser Institute, the only functional medicine and evolutionary health training company. Dr. Danenberg also offers a 12 Week Body Coaching program and we incorporate nutritional counseling in many of our appointments. 

  7. Digital X-Rays
    Digital Radiography provides less radiation than traditional x-rays and offer patients a much more detailed and interactive experience. 

  8. Purified Air
    The entire office is treated with NASA air cleaning technology drastically reducing the spread of all biologically active air pollutants (bacteria, viruses, mold) and harmful chemical impurities that form unpleasant odors decompose to neutral residues. Then the air is saturated with light aero ions.

  9. Oxygen/Ozone Therapy
    Oxygen or Ozone therapy is an alternative to pharmaceutical drugs that disinfects and treats infected areas. The therapy also improves blood flow, strengthens immune response and promotes more rapid healing.

Any questions about our biological dental practice? Email or call us at 843.593.8123, and we’ll be happy to answer any of your questions.