Dr. Zakarian is an Associate of the IAOMT, the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. This membership shows a strong commitment to biological dental practices.
The IAOMT is not tied to age-old paradigms or by what would stand as the conventional wisdom of general dentistry. As all things evolve, so should the way we practice dentistry. The IAOMT constantly reviews new data from scientific research in order to find innovative solutions to dental problems. Since 1984, when the organization was founded, they have operated by the motto “show me the science.”
This motto has been maintained for the three decades the organization has been educating dentists on safer practices for their patients. The IAOMT now has several hundred members in North America and chapters in 14 countries around the world. Not only has the work of the IAOMT led to mountains of evidence pointing to the dangers of mercury in dental fillings, but the organization has also paved the way for dentists to approach dental care with the use of biocompatible materials and techniques.
Dentists are responsible for the health and wellbeing of their patients. As such, it is our duty to consider new ideas that come from reliable research. One of the methods of IAOMT dentists is to practice using biologically compatible or biocompatible techniques and materials. An IAOMT dentist does not use dental amalgam. Furthermore, this dentist has been trained in the safety protocol set forth for the removal of amalgam dental fillings. This practice is maintained because IAOMT members understand mercury toxicology, fluoride toxicology, and are extensively trained to understand periodontal disease.