by Martin Miron
Certified naturopathic and biological dentist Dr. Robert Herzog, DDS, NMD, IBDM, is a fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry who originally worked as an engineer before switching to dentistry, and now has close to 25 years of experience to his credit. He says, “Engineers are problem solvers—so are dentists. I’m always thinking of ways to be more efficient or evaluating new concepts and technology to see if they are the right fit for my practice.”
After dealing with his own exposure to mercury and other toxins in his profession, Herzog earned certification as a SMART (Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique) dentist. He also expanded his general dental practice to include alternative, biologically based treatments, became an accredited member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, and a board certified naturopathic physician.
“Patients come to me wanting their mercury-based fillings removed following a scientifically based protocol to minimize exposure. Each case is different; we always have in-depth conversations about whether going metal-free is absolutely necessary for them or not, based on their symptoms and conditions, knowing the choice is always the patients’ when it comes to having dental work revised,” advises Herzog.
He says, “Biological dentistry is an attitude to seek the safest, least toxic way to accomplish the goals of modern dentistry. It has taken my understanding of dentistry to a whole new level of awareness.” Herzog is also certified in integrative biologic dental medicine by the American College of Integrative Medicine and Dentistry.
“One primary aim is to open up a dialog about health and lifestyle choices with our patients. I talk to them about their medications, the supplements they are taking and why they are taking them, nutrition, exercise and stress management. I find out which other practitioners are on their health team and collaborate if necessary. Having these conversations are so beneficial. The more we know about what motivates them to achieve better health, the better we can tailor their treatments to their wishes,” says Herzog.
His practice provides traditional dental care and a full complement of cosmetic services. His office has invested in new technologies, like a digital scanner for “goop-free” impressions, digital radiographs for lower exposures and a 3-D CBCT machine that help with better diagnosis and treatments. Their new, dual-wavelength Fotona laser can assist in delivering anesthetic-free cavity preparations and advanced periodontal treatments.
“My main goal is to help each patient get their body in the best possible state to promote healing,” says Herzog. “This can be accomplished in a variety of ways, including the use of biocompatible dental materials, neural therapy, homeopathy, dental ozone therapy, safe mercury amalgam removal following the IAOMT protocol, discussions about lifestyle choices, in addition to the standard tools I’ve been trained in as a general dentist. A healthy body starts with a healthy mouth.”
Herzog says, ”We live in a small town, and I often run into my patients at the store. It’s fun to see them when I’m out and about. I really appreciate being such an integral part of their lives.” Herzog has been recognized as a town of Bethlehem Citizen of the Year and has received other awards for service to his community. He also has been recognized several times as one of America’s Best Dentists, America’s Top Dentists, New York Top Dentists and as one of Albany’s Top Dentists, as selected by his dental peers and published in Capital Region Living magazine.
Location: 651 Delaware Ave., Albany. For more information, call 518-427-2447 or visit 651Dental.com.