Holistic Dentistry Articles
Did George Meinig have it right when he wrote ‘The Root Canal Cover-Up back in 1993? Yes and no. The reason I say this is explained below, so keep reading. In his book, Meinig highlights the research done by Westin Price a century ago demonstrating how root canal infections cause other health conditions and illnesses in the body. Price was most famous for his rabbit experiments, where he implanted root canal teeth from his patients into rabbits and tracked how that animal fared afterward. What he observed was that the rabbits got sick and in many cases died as a result. After observing this scores of times, he coined the phrase ‘focal infection’, which basically means that the bacteria in one part of the body can affect or cause illness in another part of the body.read more
What's the most important vitamin for dental health? Many nutrients play a role in a healthy 'ecosystem' in the mouth. However, there is one vitamin that rules them in the oral microbiome, especially when it comes to connective tissue and gums. From the picture I...read more
There has been a lot of controversy over the last decade or two about root canals. The disagreement is usually between dentists and root canal specialists (endodontists) on one side and alternative practitioners, like naturapaths, Integrative M.D.’s and chiropractors on the other. Dentists and endodontists almost always recommend saving the tooth. Alternative doctors usually land on the side of extracting the tooth.read more
Have you put off doing the dental work you need because you are afraid it might fail? You may have had the right idea! Have you heard that all root canals are bad for you? Or that a titanium implant blocks the meridian flow, or can corrode because of the acids in your mouth? Or that extractions are bad for you because they might lead to cavitations or dry sockets? In fact, all the above are possible. If you are immune compromised in any way, pay attention, because what you are going to learn here can make a difference between success and failure when it comes to dental surgery of any kind, whether it be root canals, implants, extractions or even gum procedures like deep cleanings.read more
Root Canal vs Extraction: Are Root Canals Toxic to My Body? A Review of Weston Price’s Research 100 years later
Did Dr. Price have it right when he put out his research on infected root canals and the focal infection theory nearly 100 years ago? Over the next few weeks, I will be reviewing the seminal work on root canals and how they affect systemic health. I’m often asked by my patients whether it’s better to get a root canal vs an extraction. I will be attempting to answer this question by taking a deep dive into the research. However, I will not just be looking at one side of the issue. I will be looking at it from all angles and summarizing what opposing sides have to say about this hotly contested subject within dentistry vs alternative health world. Needless to say, opinions vary wildly from one extreme to the other.read more
No one wants to lose a tooth. This is very natural and normal. Thanks to the advent of Photon Induced Photoacoustic streaming (PIPS), a technology licensed to Fotona utilizing the Er:Yag laser, we can now eliminate bacteria in root canal teeth. This is the good news, and a game changer in root canal therapy.read more
Is there a way to prevent root canal infection from cavities and deep decay in a tooth? Absolutely. I do it almost on a daily basis. The secret to preventing root canals from deep decay is by using ozone.read more
A lot of patients come to me seeking help in trying to resolve root canal infections. The problem is that the basic protocol for treating root canals hasn’t changed in the last 30 years, ever since I got out of dental school. There have been improvements and tweaks, but we are still using the same basic approach, strategies and tools.
What’s the problem in doing root canals?read more
For those of you who were told that your root canal should last a lifetime, this has not been my experience. The fact is root canals fail and they usually fail more often than is realized by both doctor and patient.read more
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