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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

May 2020

Dear Valued Patient:

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

  • All patients must wear a mask when entering the office.
  • Anyone accompanying you will be asked to wait in their vehicle.
  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
  • Upon arrival at your appointment your temperature will be taken for the safety of all staff and patients.
  • Prior to receiving treatment you will be asked to rinse with an antimicrobial for a minimum of 30 seconds
  • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
  • You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
  • UV Air purifiers have been placed throughout the office.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
  • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time, so we ask that you do your best to be on time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at (626)798-7834 or visit our website at pasadenasmilecenter@yahoo.com.

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.


Sincerely, Niloufar Molayem, D.D.S. & Team

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