WFP HealthTalk: What is Integrative Dentistry?

integrativeListen to WFP HealthTalk Radio podcast and learn about Integrative Dentistry with guest Dr. Johnny “Dickey” Stanley, DDS of Stanley Dental.

Sometimes referred to as Biological Dentistry, Holistic Dentistry or Mercury-Safe Dentistry, Integrative Dentistry is performed with the mindset that your mouth, teeth and gums are a highly integrated and important part of your entire body, and should be viewed and treated in this respect.

The goal of an Integrative/Biological Dentist is to diagnose and treat the patients’ condition with this in mind, and to address any problems with minimal impact on overall health.  In the same regard, by avoiding or removing certain offending conditions in the mouth, the hope is then to see a possible positive improvement in overall wellness and well-being.  This is done by careful consideration of a patients’ dental and medical history, what procedures should be recommended and avoided, how those procedures are carried out, and consideration of the safety of the materials being used.

Dr. Stanley was born and raised in Big Spring, Texas, graduating from Big Spring High School in 1970. He attended Texas Tech University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Upon graduating, he attended the University of Texas School of Pharmacy in Austin, and then received his Doctor of Dental Surgery at The University of Texas Dental School in San Antonio. Having been the only child of a farming family and involved in the business, he moved back to Big Spring where he practiced for 30 years.  Dr. Stanley is passionate about dentistry. Early in his career, he realized the difference in what is known in dentistry and what is generally practiced in dentistry. This desire for knowledge motivated him to do thousands of hours of continuing education.  For more information or to book an appointment, please visit