Charcoal Toothpaste: It Doesn’t Live Up to the Hype

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We’ve had dental patients asking our opinion about charcoal toothpaste. While the concept of charcoal as a teeth cleaner sounds really great – “natural” ingredients and so forth – the truth is that the products are inconsistent, they can have some serious drawbacks, and there are better choices. For a good article on the topic, … Continue Reading »

Safe Removal & Replacement of Silver Amalgam Dental Fillings

Dr. Isaac Comfortes of Total Health Dentistry in Encino, CA, is an integrated-health dental expert. “Many patients ask me about the safety of their old silver amalgam fillings,” says Dr. Comfortes. “Today, we know that the mercury in silver amalgam can result in the unhealthy escape of mercury vapor in the mouth. This unsafe, toxic … Continue Reading »

Recovering from Bulimia with a Beautiful Smile

Bulimics have a special place in our hearts, and we have successfully provided dentistry for bulimics for many years. The compassion and gentle care they receive at Total Health Dentistry of Encino, CA gives them the support they need to restore their mouths to complete health and beauty as they recover from bulimia nervosa, a … Continue Reading »

Avoid & Reverse Cognitive Decline

Avoid & Reverse Cognitive Decline “Alzheimer’s disease can be prevented, and in many cases its associated cognitive decline can be reversed.” ― Dale Bredesen, MD, The End of Alzheimer’s: The First Program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline What is dementia? Mild decline in memory is normal as we age, for example, forgetting someone’s name or where … Continue Reading »

Understanding Insulin Resistance and Its Relationship to Your Oral Health

Insulin is a vital hormone that regulates blood sugar (glucose) in your body. As the food you eat is broken down into sugar, the sugar enters your bloodstream, signaling the pancreas to release insulin. Insulin helps the sugar enter your body’s cells so it can be used for energy. Insulin also signals the liver to … Continue Reading »

Do you have chronic health conditions like diabetes, RA, or heart disease?

The good news is that multiple chronic health conditions improve with an integrated approach to Dental Medical health care. People with chronic medical conditions are at greater risk for death and lower quality of life.  Managing care for patients with chronic conditions currently represents one of the greatest challenges to health care systems because the … Continue Reading »

Ozone Water in Dentistry – Takes Disinfection to a Higher Level

Dr. Isaac Comfortes of Encino, California is one of a few dentists who have converted to strictly using ozone water. The use of ozonated water in our irrigation lines thoroughly disinfects and sterilizes the water lines. When your mouth is irrigated during procedures, ozone water reaches and penetrates carious dentin and periodontal pockets where no … Continue Reading »

Optimal Oral Health Is Key to Greater Immunity

“When the mouth is healthy, the oral immune system is healthy which contributes to the entire body’s immunity to disease,” says Dr. Isaac Comfortes of Encino, California. “What we do in dentistry is essential to whole body wellness. Postponement of regular hygiene visits and exams and postponement of treatment for gum inflammation, dental caries, and … Continue Reading »