IAOMT PHILIPPINES

IAOMT Philippines for Dentists

Introduction

The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) is a global network that brings together dentists, health professionals, and scientists committed to researching and promoting biocompatible dental practices. Established in 1984, the IAOMT aims to protect public health and the environment by examining the risks associated with dental products like mercury fillings, fluoride, root canals, and jawbone osteonecrosis.

Mission and Activities

IAOMT’s mission is achieved through:

  • Funding and Promoting Research: Supporting scientific studies that explore the biocompatibility of dental materials and procedures.
  • Information Dissemination: Sharing scientific findings with dental professionals, policy makers, and the public.
  • Promoting Non-Invasive Therapies: Advocating for safe and scientifically validated dental treatments.
  • Education and Outreach: Providing training and educational resources to dental and medical professionals as well as the public.

Importance of Our Work

There is a critical need for increased awareness about the potential dangers of certain dental products. IAOMT members have testified before various government bodies, including the Philippine Department of Health (DOH), to address these concerns. The IAOMT also participates in global initiatives like the UNEP’s Global Mercury Partnership and contributed to the Minamata Convention on Mercury, which aims to reduce mercury pollution worldwide.

Biological Dentistry

Biological dentistry is an approach that focuses on the safest, least toxic methods to achieve dental and overall health goals. It’s an attitude rather than a separate specialty and includes:

  • Mercury-Free Dentistry: Avoiding the use of mercury amalgam fillings.
  • Mercury-Safe Dentistry: Employing safety measures for the removal of mercury fillings.
  • Biocompatible Dentistry: Considering the overall health impact of dental materials and procedures.

Membership and Training

IAOMT offers various membership levels, each providing access to different resources and training:

  • General Members: Access to all IAOMT resources.
  • SMART-Certified Members: Trained in the safe removal of mercury fillings.
  • Accredited Members: Completed a comprehensive course on biological dentistry.
  • Masters and Fellows: Conducted extensive research and contributed scientific reviews.

Patients can use the IAOMT online directory to find certified professionals in the Philippines, specifying the level of education and training the member has completed.

Outreach and Education

IAOMT’s Environmental and Public Health Campaign (EPHC) is central to its outreach efforts:

  • Public Outreach: Sharing information through websites, press releases, and media appearances on networks.
  • Professional Outreach: Offering continuing education courses and building strategic networks with academic institutions, health organizations, and consumer groups.
  • Scientific Advisory Board: Composed of experts in biochemistry, toxicology, and environmental medicine, overseeing IAOMT’s scientific activities.

IAOMT’s programming and campaigns aim to raise awareness and promote safer dental practices, benefiting both professionals and the general public in the Philippines.