David Carothers DDS    

Mercury Free & Mercury Safe Dentistry

Portland, OR • 503-257-3033

Mercury Free (Amalgam Free), Mercury Safe, Holistic, Cosmetic, & Family Dentistry

Dr. David Carothers' office is mercury-free (amalgam/silver filling-free) and mercury-safe and he is dedicated to the practice of health-based dentistry. His goal is to treat his patients in the most healthy, caring, holistic way possible and to share information about dental wellness with his patients so that they can make educated decisions about their oral health. He fully understands the critically important relationship of oral to overall health and realizes that; "You cannot be truly healthy without good oral health!"

Safe Mercury Amalgam/Silver Filling Removal Protocols
As your Oral Health Doctor, Dr. Carothers is aware that mercury vapor, dental infections, and TMJ (bite) problems can have a negative impact on oral and overall health. Because of these concerns, we focus on patient education and strive to remove mercury amalgam (silver) fillings in a safe way. For information about why it's important to use a mercury safe dentist, Click Here.

To accomplish this, we utilize safe & proven removal protocols based on recommendations of the International Association of Mercury Safe Dentists (IAMSD), the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) and other prominent biological and holistic dental organizations. For more information about why we use safe protocols to remove amalgam fillings and an explanation of what they are, Click Here.

Holistic Dentistry
Holistic Dentistry is a philosophy that recognizes that the teeth and associated oral structures are a part of the whole body. Because of this important relationship, we offer a wide range of treatment options. Dr. Carothers also takes a unique Whole Body approach to oral health care; combining sound dental science, modern technology, and years of experience with a deep concern for his patients' physical health and emotional well-being and comfort.

Whole Body Dental Philosophy
This Whole Body philosophy stresses the use of biocompatible dental materials whenever possible. He also works closely with highly qualified health professionals to assist him in his efforts to return the patient to optimal oral and overall health. His Health-Focused - Patient First approach to holistic dentistry means that he treats the teeth, jaw, and related oral structures, with specific regard to how that treatment will affect the entire body.

Continuing Education
Dr. Carothers believes that continuing education is a powerful tool that allows him to give you and your family the best, state-of-the-art dental care. Each year he takes many hours of continuing education courses in holistic and conventional dentistry in order to provide his patients with the most advanced dental care possible. He is also a graduate of the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies (LVI) where he received extensive training in cosmetic and neuromuscular dentistry and was recognized as a "Preferred LVI Dentist".

Treatments and Services Offered
Our office also uses the latest in dental equipment and technology in order to provide each patient with healthy treatment options and services, including:

  • Digital X Rays
  • Preventive Dental Education
  • Periodontal (Gum) Treatment
  • Mercury Free Dentistry and Safe Removal Protocols
  • Oral Cancer Screening
  • Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Mercury & Metal Free Restorations
  • Custom Smile Design & Makeover
  • Tooth Whitening
  • Dental Implants (Surgery & Restoration)
  • Full Mouth Reconstruction
  • Full & Partial Dentures
  • TMJ Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Family Dentistry
  • Root Canal Therapy 
  • Cerec: One Visit Porcelain Crowns
  • Invisalign: Hidden Orthodontic Braces
  • Neuromuscular Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry
Our office also specializes in state of the art restorative and cosmetic dentistry to correct, restore or enhance your smile to fit your own unique facial form. Our goal is to integrate esthetics as part of total dental and overall health while creating an overall pleasing and natural facial appearance.

Dr. Carothers can create the smile of your dreams - just imagine yourself with a beautiful, new, natural looking smile! Please Click Here to View our Smile Gallery!

Associations & Organizations
Dr. Carothers is associated with a number of prestigious dental organizations, including:

About Dr. Carothers
Dr. Carothers has devoted his dental career to practicing healthy, holistic, non-invasive, biocompatible dentistry. He is also a proponent of making the dental office occupationally safe as possible regarding mercury and he strives to protect the patient, the staff, and the environment from excessive and unnecessary exposure to mercury at the dental office. 

He was born and raised here in Portland, Oregon and went to high school at Portland Adventist Academy. He attended Portland State University and then went on to attend dental school at Loma Linda University in California, of which he is now an associate professor. After graduating in 1980, he continued his education with advanced cosmetic dental procedures at the Las Vegas Institute For Advanced Cosmetic Studies (LVI). He then moved back to Portland to practice dentistry for 5 years under my father who is now a retired dentist. In 1985, he started his own practice, which still stands today in our current location.

Aside from serving Portland and its surrounding areas, I believe that serving the underpriveleged is part of my calling in my career. My staff and I fulfill this by taking annual trips to Nicaragua to charitably treat many underserved patients. We also devote charitable time into treating all the CASS students (students attending Mt. Hood Community College that are from Central America) for all their dental needs.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my lovely wife, Kathy. I also enjoy designing and building water features, scuba diving, photography, panning for gold, and playing with remote control toys. Feel free to contact any of my staff or myself for questions about our office or our services. I look forward to meeting you!

Our Staff
Our fantastic staff is made up of highly-trained, dedicated, caring and motivated professionals who work together as a unique team to bring you the highest quality holistic dental treatment in a healthy, caring, and supportive setting.

We would be honored to add you to our list of satisfied patients and encourage you to visit Our Office Website to learn more about our office and the many services and treatments we offer. We want to thank you for considering our office for all of your dental needs. To read testimonals from our satisfied patients please Click Here.

Patient Education 
Our dental practice is dedicated to patient education. As a member of Dr. Tom McGuire's International Association of Mercury Safe Dentists (IAMSD) we work closely with him to support our goal of providing important information to our patients about numerous oral health that can affect overall health, including issues related to mercury amalgam (silver) fillings. Click on the appropriate link to access important information about these topics.

NEW! Dr. Tom McGuire's new Video, Mercury: The Poison in Your Teeth conclusively proves that amalgam/silver fillings not only release toxic mercury vapor - but that the common act of brushing just one amalgam filling - will release more mercury than allowed by governmental regulatory agencies at the workplace! It also tells you what you can do about it. Click Here to watch this amazing video demonstration - and don’t forget to tell your friends and family! (You can also access it by searching YouTube for The Poison in Your Teeth or Tom McGuire, DDS.)

A Personal Note from Dr. Tom

Dr. Carothers belongs to a number of highly regarded dental organizations, including the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology my Mercury Safe Dentist Association. These organizations encourage taking a integrative, whole-body approach to dental treatment and promote patient education. His approach to healthy dentistry includes the understanding that you cannot be healthy without good oral health and he takes this into consideration when planning his patients dental treatment.

I've spoken with Dr. Carothers and believe him to be a caring, highly trained, skilled and experienced holistic and cosmetic dentist - particularly at the highly respected Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI). His commitment to quality, health-focused dentistry, his ongoing dedication to continuing education, and his concern for his patients health and well being, makes him ideally suited to safely remove and replace mercury amalgam fillings.

Dr. Carothers is a charter member of my Mercury Safe Dentist Association and I highly recommend him to anyone seeking a mercury free, mercury safe, and compassionate dentist. I recommend visiting his website to learn more about his whole-body approach to dentistry. When you visit his office, please let him know where you found out about him and say hello to him from me. Thanks!

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