What Causes Root Canal Failure?

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...

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First Do No Harm

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...

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Seasonal Stress, Dental Health and Jaw Pain – Part 2

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...

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Seasonal Stress and Dental Health – Part 1

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...

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Can You Get Rid of Parasites in Your Mouth in 30 Days?

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...

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How Stealth Pathogens are Linked to Systemic Diseases

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...

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5 Microbes That Cause Gum Disease

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...

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Bio-Friendly, Non Metal Fillings

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...

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Why I Don’t Offer One-Step Cerac Crowns

In-office Cad Cam technology is generically called Cerac for short.  The crowns are milled in the office from a block of porcelain, and then placed and adjusted on the same day.  People see this as an advantage, since there is only one dental appointment necessary....

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Biocompatible and Beautiful

This photo is of a porcelain crown seated with a newer generation dental cement made to be strong and biocompatible.  Can you tell which tooth has the crown on it?  It is very difficult even with a close up lens. This result is only possible when I do 3 very specific...

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