Holistic dentistry is an approach that treats the patient as a whole system and emphasizes the impact dental infections and toxins can have on the patient’s overall health. Holistic dentists focus on the use of non-toxic restorative materials, and how oral health can affect the entire body.
Niloufar Molayem, D.D.S. is a Doctor of Dental Surgery serving the Pasadena area, practicing holistic general and cosmetic dentistry. Practicing with Dr. Molayem is Dr. Eric Cho, who provides high quality periodontics and implant services. Their entire practice is geared toward conservative, holistic treatment, using the least aggressive methods possible, while ensuring the well-being of the whole patient. If you are looking for biologically safe holistic dentistry Pasadena patients can rely on, be sure to visit Dr. Molayem & Dr. Cho at Pasadena Smile Center.
How Holistic Dentists Are Different Than Other Dentists
The word "holistic" comes from "wholistic," which refers to the whole body of a person or thing. A holistic dentist in Pasadena, like Dr. Molayem & Dr. Cho, focuses on whole-body wellness that begins with the mouth.
To some extent, all dentists are aware of the importance of oral health to the overall health of the individual. For example, research has shown a link between gum disease and diabetes, heart disease, and pregnancy health issues.
However, not all dentists are focused on the long-term effects dentistry can have on the entire body. While traditional dentistry involves treating symptoms in the teeth and gums and attempting to prevent them from reoccurring, holistic dentistry also includes treating underlying problems that cause symptoms in the mouth, while ensuring that work done on the mouth does not have an adverse effect on overall health.
Issues that divide traditional and Holistic Dentistry
Niloufar Molayem, D.D.S. and Dr. Eric Cho are committed to the principles of holistic dentistry in their practice. Using safe materials and technology, they create naturally beautiful smiles with a conservative approach to comprehensive dental care that is focused on protecting the health of the entire body.
Providing the highest quality dental care in a safe and friendly environment, Dr. Molayem practices general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry under holistic philosophies. Issues separating traditional from holistic dental practice include:
Dangers of Mercury Fillings
Mercury amalgam fillings are typically covered by insurance, last longer, and are easier to place than composite fillings. Traditional dentists may also point to statements made by the American Dental Association (ADA) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that the mercury in amalgam fillings is stabilized and safe, leaking in only small amounts. Holistic dentists understand that mercury is toxic, even in small amounts, and that mercury amalgam fillings put pressure on the tooth that can cause weakening. As a Pasadena holistic dentist, Dr. Molayem, does not place mercury fillings and meets or exceeds safety guidelines for removing them.
Biocompatability of Materials
Many traditional dentists do not test for biocompatibility, to find out if the materials they use will cause a reaction in the body. Holistic dentists often have onsite equipment to test materials for biocompatibility, and most use a variety of different composite filling materials and materials for bridges, crowns, and other procedures.
Root Canal Alternative
While traditional dentists will recommend root canal therapy to save a severely decayed tooth, holistic dentists may not recommend root canals, as they can have adverse health effects in the long run. Dr. Molayem performs MTA pulp therapy as a safer alternative.