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SMART Certification2018-07-17T03:15:12+00:00

smart-open-v3The IAOMT promotes mercury-free, mercury-safe, and biological/biocompatible dentistry through research, development, education, and practice.  Because of our objectives and knowledge base, the IAOMT is very concerned about exposure to mercury when amalgam fillings are removed. The process of drilling out amalgam fillings liberates quantities of mercury vapor and fine particulates that can be inhaled and absorbed through the lungs, and this is potentially harmful to patients, dentists, dental workers, and their fetuses.  (In fact, the IAOMT does not recommend that pregnant women have their amalgams removed.)

Based on up-to-date scientific research, the IAOMT has developed rigorous recommendations for removing existing dental mercury amalgam fillings to assist in reducing the potential negative health outcomes of mercury exposure to patients, dental professionals, dental students, office staff, and others. The IAOMT’s recommendations are known as the Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique (SMART).  To read the SMART recommendations with scientific support, click here.

Dentists who have obtained SMART certification from the IAOMT have completed coursework related to mercury and the safe removal of amalgam fillings, including two units consisting of scientific readings, online learning videos, and tests.  The educational programming includes learning about the application of the rigorous safety measures, including the utilization of specific equipment.  Dentists achieving SMART are recognized for their completion of this training on the IAOMT’s Dentist Directory so that patients opting to find a dentist knowledgeable about the Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique can do so.

To enroll in SMART, you must be a member of the IAOMT.  You can join the IAOMT by clicking on the button at the bottom of this page.  If you are already a member of the IAOMT, simply log in using your member name and password, and then enroll in SMART by accessing the SMART page under Certifications.

Note that the entire SMART certification program is offered online.

Requirements for SMART Certification
  1. Join the IAOMT as a General Member.
  2. Pay the $50 fee to enroll in the SMART certification program.
  3. Complete Unit 2 (Mercury 101/102) and Unit 3 (Safe Removal) of IAOMT’s accreditation course, which includes taking and passing unit tests. The coursework and the entire SMART certification process is offered online. This does not require enrollment in accreditation.
  4. Complete post-course requirements for SMART which consist of learning about the science that supports SMART, the equipment that is part of SMART, and the resources from the IAOMT that enable dentists to implement SMART in their daily practice.
  5. Apply for SMART Certification based upon completion of requirements.
  6. Maintain SMART Certification by paying the annual SMART re-enrollment fee (currently $50) on July 1st, as well as learning about any updates to the program that have been developed based on new research.
Levels of Certification from the IAOMT

SMART Certified: A SMART certified member has successfully completed a course on mercury and safe dental mercury amalgam removal, including two units consisting of scientific readings, online learning videos, and tests.  The crux of this essential course on the IAOMT’s Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique (SMART) involves learning about the rigorous safety measures and equipment for reducing exposures to mercury releases during the removal of amalgam fillings.  A SMART certified member may or may not have achieved a higher level of certification such as Accreditation, Fellowship, or Mastership.

Accredited–(AIAOMT): The Accredited member has successfully completed a ten unit course on biological dentistry, including units on mercury, safe mercury amalgam removal, fluoride, biological periodontal therapy, hidden pathogens in jawbone and root canals, and more.  This course involves examination of over 50 scientific and medical research articles, participation in an e-learning component of the curriculum which includes ten videos, and demonstration of mastery on ten detailed unit tests.  An Accredited member is a member who has also completed the Fundamentals of Biological Dentistry Course and who has attended at least two IAOMT meetings, as well as passed an oral interview exam for safe amalgam removal. Note that the Accredited member may or may not be SMART certified and may or may not have achieved a higher level of certification such as Fellowship or Mastership.  To view the accreditation course description by unit, click here. To learn more about becoming accredited, click here.

Fellow–(FIAOMT): A Fellow is a member who has achieved Accreditation and who has submitted one scientific review that has been approved by the Scientific Review Committee. A Fellow has also completed an additional 500 hours of credit in research, education, and/or service beyond that of an Accredited member.

Master–(MIAOMT): A Master is a member who has achieved Accreditation and Fellowship and who has completed 500 hours of credit in research, education, and/or service (in addition to the 500 hours for Fellowship, for a total of 1,000 hours).  A Master has also submitted a scientific review that has been approved by the Scientific Review Committee (in addition to the scientific review for Fellowship, for a total of two scientific reviews).

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