Holistic Dentistry Articles
Sitting in a hospital for an hour squirming while waiting for a doctor to see you can be a humbling experience. What began to sink in was the realization that if I didn’t change something and do it quickly, I was most likely not going to see my 50th birthday. I knew instinctively that a heart attack was in my future.read more
Do all teeth that need crowns automatically need root canals?
Absolutely not. Truth be told, in my experience very few teeth that need crowns (or caps) also need root canals. In fact I can count on one hand the times that I remember this happening. The reason for this are two fold.read more
My book on root canal infections that are hidden and not being seen by your dentist is coming out in 2018. It delves into this issue of infected root canals, how they come about and what to do about them. The reason I’m writing this book is that I’ve seen evidence in my practice that a sizable percentage of previously done root canals are actually still infected or have become reinfected over time. I will be presenting evidence of this over the coming months, but suffice it to say the percentage of undiagnosed infections due to root canals is alarmingly high. It is enough of a problem that I find myself having to speak up and start to document it with current cases.
Wait a Minute! Isn’t a Root Canal Supposed to Cure My Infected Tooth?
Yes, at least that is what you are told by your well-meaning dentist. What you are not told is that the tooth you are saving by doing a root canal no longer has a blood supply or nerve.read more
Holistic dentistry and biological dentistry refer to two different aspects of integrative dental care. Generally speaking the term ‘holistic’ refers to the fact that the body is one whole or holistic system. Common sense dictates that the mouth, the primary pathway...read more
After a very busy and productive 2017, we were ready to apply more balance to our working life. For those who wanted to see some pictures of our vacation in Kauai, here goes. We had such an outpouring of good will when we announced our plans, we just had to share...read more
What causes existing root canals to become infected and fail? In the photo to the right you can see a common presentation of an infected tooth. In this case, an old root canal that has failed is draining pus and infection from the tooth. As the picture shows, the...read more
As a holistic dentist in practice for more than 30 years, I still find myself referring back to the first thing I learned at USC Dental School, first do no harm. The Hippocratic Oath remains the Golden Rule of health care: First do no harm. This is the timeless...read more
In our last blog we discussed the importance of pH and how stress, especially at this time of year, can impact a healthy mouth. Another area where stress can affect the mouth is with clenching and grinding, also known as bruxism that can cause pain in your jaws and...read more
When I lecture on holistic dentistry, I'm often asked, 'What are ceramic dental implants?' As you can see in the picture to the right, ceramic implants are white and titanium implants are black and metallic looking. In the future I feel that ceramic implants are...read more
Each year, starting around Daylight Savings Time, everyone’s schedule becomes even fuller and more stressful, and in the dental office we often experience people calling in with more dental issues and emergencies. Most of us know how the time change can affect us, and...read more
I had the pleasure of being interviewed on the TV show and podcast Know the Cause hosted by Doug Kaufmann. It was a lot of fun. Here is the clip that aired Tuesday and a screenshot of the show that was posted on YouTube.com yesterday. During this segment Doug and I...read more
In my practice it's been proven with a high definition microscope that you can definitely get rid of parasites in the mouth in 30 days. Why should you care? If you have traveled much or have had pets in your life chances are that you have been exposed to parasites...read more
As a holistic dentist who has viewed hundreds of videos showing the microbiome in the mouth, the idea of stealth pathogens causing autoimmune disease is very familiar to me. Thanks to my wife Victoria’s interest in herbal medicine, we were in Los Angeles last week at...read more
A healthy mouth is a complex ecosystem and like any ecosystem, is susceptible to imbalances. Microbes causing gum disease creates imbalances that results in local and systemic inflammation, affects heart function and compromises overall health. It’s important to know...read more
What do health conscious people need to know about non metal fillings like composites? Here is a quick rundown: Whenever possible avoid metal (especially mercury) for restorations like fillings or crowns Use composites (white filling material) that have no BisPhenolA...read more