Integrative Health Blog

A New Dental Weapon to Help Prevent Cavities

Posted by on Sat, Jun 21, 2014

Plaque Causes Tooth Decay

Dentists are asked nearly every day why cavities are formed and what can be done to prevent dental decay.

The inability to remove the plaque (90% bacteria) from teeth is the cause of decay on your teeth.  The bacteria in the plaque produce acid which removes minerals from the teeth.  This demineralized tooth structure is in fact decay.

The pH is the measure of how strong or destructive an acid is in causing decay.  The measurement of pH ranges from 1-14 with pH7 being neutral (neither acidic nor alkaline).  A pH of between 1 and 7 is acidic (1 is the most acidic or destructive)  while greater than pH 7 is alkaline.

As this relates to decay the closer to neutral or alkaline pH the less likely decay will form.  Normal sugar (sucrose) produces a pH of 2 or 3 (extremely acidic) in the mouth,  ultimately resulting in significant decay.  The more this acid is reduced or buffered the less decay is able to form.

Xylitol, Can a Sugar Help Reduce Tooth Decay?

The one preventive measure that most dentists utilize is fluoride which makes the superficial tooth structure more difficult to remove minerals.

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Tags: biological dentistry, holistic dentistry

What You Need to Know About a Root Canal and Your Health

Posted by on Mon, Jan 27, 2014

As a dentist in the Holistic Family Dental Practice of National Integrated Health Associates I meet several patients every day with root canal or potential root canal issues.  Most patients presenting with potential root canal issues have great misunderstandings of the issues surrounding root canals.

The Simple Truth About Root Canals

The nerve and blood vessels within all teeth are collectively referred to as the pulp and provides the vitality and immune resistance to the tooth in which they reside.  Most people and even some dentists may mistakenly believe that a toothache necessarily means that the tooth requires a root canal but that is not necessarily the case.

If a tooth is decayed, traumatized or exposed to microbes the nerve will first become inflamed.  This is called a pulpitis or inflammation of the pulp.    The first stage of pulpitis is termed acute pulpitis and if left untreated will become a chronic pulpitis. 

Both acute and chronic pulpitis can have symptoms (pain) or be asymptomatic (ie no pain).   What most dentists may not understand or do not have the tools to accomplish is to reverse acute and chronic pulpitis.   This reversal needs homeopathic anti-inflammatories plus healing lasers.

What You Need to Know Before Going to the Dentist

If a pulpitis is not treated it usually becomes a dead, necrotic tooth.  The necrotic tooth may or may not have symptoms.  Once a tooth becomes necrotic it will attract microbial infection.  The ways to stop this infection within a necrotic tooth is either extractions or to perform a root canal.

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Tags: biological dentistry, holistic dentistry, root canal

Herbal Techniques for Promoting Dental Health

Posted by on Wed, Jan 15, 2014


As part of the holistic and biological dentistry approach to dental care, there are herbals which are useful as natural ways to promote good dental health.

Most of us have experienced the cleansing of a salt water rinse after a dental appointment or during times of mouth pain.  The gentle swishing of the water and the abrasiveness of the salt cleanse and promote healing. 

This being said, there are many wonderful herbs that you can add to your salt water-rinse to take it to another level and address the more individual challenge you may be having.  A good time for a salt water rinse is 3 to 5 minutes, but if you have a bit more time on your hands you may want to consider the technique of oil pulling.

Oil Pulling - A Natural Option for Dental Health

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Tags: herbals, biological dentistry, holistic health, dental health

Holistic Dentistry: Campaign to Stop Use of Mercury Dental Amalgams

Posted by on Fri, Dec 13, 2013

NIHA has been a mercury free and mercury safe dental practice for over 18 years.

Now, the public is taking notice of the dangers of mercury amalgams (silver fillings) as a health issue and an environmental pollutant.

Mercury is a neuro-toxin and silver fillings contain about 50% mercury. Dentsply is the leading dental amalgams manufacturer and has been pressured to stop using unnecessary mercury filling material.

Safe, affordable mercury free alternatives to dental mercury amalgam are available, rendering the use of mercury amalgams unnecessary.

A petition by Consumers for Dental Choice to stop the use of mercury fillings has been signed by over 11,600 people.

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Tags: mercury free dentist, mercury amalgams, biological dentistry, holistic dentistry

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Posted by on Mon, Nov 25, 2013

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Tags: biological dentistry, holistic health, integrative health, integrative medicine, integrated medicine, integrated health

Should You Be Concerned About BPA in Plastics?

Posted by on Wed, Nov 06, 2013

Michelle Janbakhsh DDS


What is BPA?

BPA or Bisphenol_A is a chemical that has been used since 1960's in certain resins and plastics. It is a common ingredient in many plastics, including water bottles, cups, children's toys, plastic containers, cash receipts and paper currency. BPA is found in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. Polycarbonate plastics are a common ingredient in containers that store food and beverages such as water bottles, cups, children's toys and baby bottles. Polycarbonate plastics are used for goods such as safety equipment, compact discs and medical devices.

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Tags: BPA, detoxification, biological dentistry, holistic dentistry

How Dentistry Affects Your Overall Health

Posted by on Thu, Oct 24, 2013

Robert Johnson D.M.D., a leading biological dentist in the Washington, D.C. area, will be interviewed on the “Essentials of Healthy Living” radio program this Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 from 10 - 11 a.m.

Dr. Johnson is trained in biological dentistry with additional study in nutrition, naturopathy and integrative medicine. 

 His topic, How Dentistry Affects Your Overall Health, is a subject which Dr. Bob Johnson enthusiastically discusses at National Integrated Health Associates (NIHA) as he educates dental patients on the connection between oral health and overall health.

The “Essentials of Healthy Living” radio program is broadcast Sundays, 10-11 am on 1500 AM, Federal News Radio (WFED), and is sponsored by Village Green Apothecary.

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Tags: biological dentistry, integrative health, dental health, holistic dentistry

You Need This for a Healthy Mouth

Posted by on Mon, Oct 21, 2013

Laurie DeRosa RDH

Healthy Saliva = Healthy Mouth

In order for us to have a healthy mouth we need to have healthy saliva.

Saliva helps us to chew, taste and swallow.  It keeps our mouths moist, fights bacteria and helps to prevent bad breath, gum disease and decay.

If your salivary glands are healthy, your body could make up to two to four pints of saliva per day.  Most of your saliva is made during the day.  At night our mouths tend to be more dry. 

A Dry Mouth Can Lead to Dental Problems

Xerostomia is a condition also known as dry mouth and it occurs when our bodies do not produce enough salvia.  When this occurs the gums, tongue, and other tissues in the mouth can become swollen and cause discomfort.  Since bacteria are partial to this environment a dry mouth also leads to bad breath or halitosis. 

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Tags: biological dentistry, gum disease

7 Ways to Improve Your Dental Care

Posted by on Wed, May 29, 2013

Oral Disease Affects Most Everyone

Dental diseases are the most prevalent chronic infectious diseases in the world, affecting up to 90% of school children and the vast majority of adults.

The oral cavity is a biologic soup and our teeth are a part of this dynamic environment. This environment constantly goes under a cycle reaction of de-mineralization & re-mineralization. Each acidic food or drink makes the oral PH acidic and the teeth structure will de-mineralize. Also pathogenic bacteria on the surface of the enamel continually reduces the PH resulting in de-mineralization localized chemical dissolution of the dental structure.  These metabolic events take place in the biofilm, also called dental plaque, that covers the affected area. Additionally, it is important to know that bacteria found in dental decay is transmissible through saliva.

Healthy Saliva Maintains Healthy Teeth and Gums

Healthy saliva can buffer the acids from the plaque and acidic condition when stimulated. The stimulated saliva PH increases to 7.8 that help in "de-mineralization – re-mineralization" cycle.  As the PH recovers, the de-mineralized structure can re-mineralize using the dissolved minerals. However, when there is an imbalance in the system, the re-mineralization process will not occur and the dissolution of the tooth structure will take place.

Patients with dry mouth (such as in Sjogren’s  syndrome, cancer radiation therapy, or a side effect of medication) are especially more susceptible in developing cavities/ oral disease.

7 Ways to Prevent Dental Disease and Improve Oral Care
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Tags: biological dentistry, dental health, plaque, biofilm

Replace Those Missing Teeth with Ceramic Dental Implants

Posted by on Tue, May 14, 2013

The Dangers of Leaving Missing Teeth Unreplaced 

Your teeth serve many functions.  Obviously they are critical for chewing and esthetics but more importantly if teeth are not replaced especially posterior or back teeth, that empty space will allow neighboring teeth to drift into the space formerly occupied by the extracted tooth.

Without replacing that missing tooth the neighboring teeth above and to the sides will move into that space altering the way your teeth come together.  That altered bite changes jaw alignment, blood flow to and from the brain as well as alters the nervous system function throughout the head and neck.  Bite changes will eventually disrupt the TMJ or jaw joint.

What are the options for tooth replacement?

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Tags: ceramic dental implant, biological dentistry, holistic dentistry