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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 Pasadena dentist who delivers holistic, general and cosmetic dentistry treatments. 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.

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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 and are considered some of the top holistic dentist Pasadena has to offer. 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 arguably the top holistic dentist Pasadena has available, Dr. Molayem, does not place mercury fillings and meets or exceeds safety guidelines for removing them.

Biocompatability of Materials

Many traditional Pasadena 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.

Porcelain and Zirconia Implants

With modern dental technology, Pasadena Smile Center can help restore missing teeth with porcelain and zirconia implants. Porcelain and zirconia implants offer a structure that functions and looks like a normal, healthy tooth. Durability, corrosion-resistance and a faster treatment time, are just a few of the many benefits involved with this procedure.

How it works is once the root is fully joined into the bone structure in the jaw, the porcelain tooth is added to the replacement root. The substance that the implant itself is made from can be titanium or zirconia. After an individual evaluation, we will be able to determine which substance to use for your specific implant. Learn more today about porcelain and zirconia implants.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update Virtual Consultation

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Due to the increased health concerns regarding COVID-19, we are now scheduling Virtual Consultations.

The virtual consultation can help answer questions, provide guidance and help ease your mind. This is an area recently approved by the American Dental Association. During this process you become a patient of our dental practice by filling out new patient forms. This process is to familiarize the doctor with your Medical and Dental history which will be reviewed before your virtual appointment. The insurance portion will be used for billing purposes.

Depending on your needs you can schedule for one of the two types of consultation


1. Limited Visual Consultation: Limited to one tooth or one area of concern. (10minutes)

2. General Visual Consultation: Answers to your questions to more than one area of concern. (20 minutes)

What we need from you prior to your Consultation time:

1. X-rays that you have from previous dentists up to five years old.

2. Pictures of the area taken by your smart phone from different angles. Take as many from different views as possible. Including pictures of your smile and bite. We have found using your flash on your phone and focusing will help.

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