In Memorium: Ronald L. King, DDS


Ronald L. King, DDS

Ronald L. King, 62, a husband, father and noted dentist, died on October 21, 2010 of cancer. In recent days, Dr. King was in a hospice in Edina, attended by his wife, Lynn, and his daughters Rachel and Lisa.

Growing up in Richfield, MN, Ronald King was a Boy Scout who attained the rank of Eagle. He played baritone saxophone in his high school’s marching band and was a ski jumper and captain on the high school’s ski team. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and in 1972 received his dental degree from the dental school there. Following that, he served in the U.S. Air Force as a dentist at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. He flew single engine planes and worked part time as an instructor at the University of Minnesota Dental School. He was an active member of the local ski patrol.

After some years in dental practice, Dr. King became curious about the controversy over the safety of dental amalgam fillings, which are half mercury. He found clinical and scientific grounds for concern about the safety of mercury amalgams and made his own dental practice more holistic. By the mid-1990s, Ronald King had become one of the few “go-to” dentists for patients seeking holistic dental care in the Twin Cities. Among the holistic options he used was homeopathy to help promote healing and reduce surgical pain. He joined several of the international academies centered on the subjects of health-conscious dentistry and became a long-time board member of the Holistic Dental Association. He served as president of Holistic Dental Association for a year.

Dr. King was known for his diplomatic ways of discussing the dental controversies with his fellow dentists. He mentored others, nurturing their understanding, and nudging them along patiently, towards a kind of dental practice that he viewed as more holistic and safer for the patients and for the dentists themselves. In 1999 he was appointed by Governor Jesse Ventura to the Minnesota Board of Dentistry. In 2003, he was re-appointed by Governor Tim Pawlenty to another term.

Dr. King was a great believer in patient education and had extensive handouts for his patients on the many important issues from oral hygiene to mercury amalgams to the fluoridation controversy.

Current dental partner Dr. Sherif Said noted: “In the short time that I have known Dr. King, I found him to be an honest, caring and dedicated man. His passion to his patients and the profession of dentistry was genuine, and that is why his patients had very strong connections with him. It was touching to see how his funeral was so full that mourners had to stand at the back of the church as there was no seating room. That is the greatest gift anyone can get.”

Ronald King touched the lives of many people, not only with his caring professional work, but also with his humor, his kindness and his generosity. He will be remembered fondly, and he will be missed. Dr. King was one of the most enduring advertisers of The Edge, and this publication and its former owners are grateful for his dedication to holistic living.

By friends and Leo Cashman, executive director of Dental Amalgam Mercury Solutions (call 651.644.4572 for a list of holistic dentists or other information)

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  1. I met Dr. Ron King through the Afton Ski Patrol. He also brought a group of coworkers to see one of my roller derby bouts. He was patient, kind, encouraging, and had a great sense of humor. I will never forget the way he looked coming in the patrol room after being out in the cold for awhile with icicles hanging from his mustache. 🙂 I am so honored to have known him.

  2. This is very sad news. He was a great doctor. I was very appreciative of his holistic views. Does anyone know of another holistic dentist in Twin Cities that they can recommend?

  3. Dr. King was our dentist. A gentle and kind person, and excellent dentist. Funny, as well. Beyond his practice, he was a good guy. He solved an issue concerning a cosmetic gap in my wife’s teeth with an innovative procedure. She had previously been quoted over $5000 before we switched over to Dr. King. Insurance was not covering any of this. He came up with a unique solution that he himself hadn’t tried before. Six years and counting, my wife’s smile is perfect, thanks to Dr. King.. for less than 1/5th the cost from previous dentist. We both were shocked and very saddened about the loss of Dr. Ronald King. Our sincere condolences to his family. He is missed.

  4. So sad to learn of Dr. King’s passing. My experience with him as a dental professional was similar to those who have commented above. Nice man. Technically careful and progressive in his philosophy without ever sounding evangelistic. Just a true, caring, technically expert practitioner.
    I will miss him.

  5. I was Dr. King’s dental hygienist for 17 years. We lost alot when he passed…the art of Ron King. He was a courageous pioneer and I miss him greatly. I have wriiten a book about my experiences in his office and on holistic dentistry. “Whole-istic Dentistry:Balancing Conventional Dental Care with Ancient WIsdom” It is available on Amazon and at the book stores.

  6. By removing my root canal and replacing my mercury fillings with cement fillings he dramatically improved my health and life. It ended my chronic fatigue within a few months.


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