Posts Tagged ‘holistic dentistry’

Conventional Dental Products: Why They Are Bad for You

We Americans tend to take our high standards of hygiene and the available hygienic products for granted. Think about it. Compared to the rest of the world, we are pampered with so many different commercial concoctions to keep ourselves tidy and smelling fresh. It defines our culture. We are dirty and unrespectable if we don’t use these chemicals to de-grease, de-hair, de-plaque, or deodorize our bodies.

The toothbrush aisle is quite a sight nowadays. As a lover of simplicity, I often question these kinds of presentations. Do we really need 30 different types of floss? 100 different toothpastes? endless “new and improved” toothbrush designs? Why is there still a need (at least they give us the impression of “need”) for newer, better, stronger products?

It is true that different people have different needs, different wallet sizes, different preferences, etc. I understand there is no one-size-fits-all. But I think we are spoiled.

What also bothers me is that we are “spoiled” with these things that are not good for our health.

Conventional dentistry fixes you up just enough so that for a while your teeth seem to work fine, but eventually a new problem will crop up and you’ll eventually need to go back. You are still dependent. That’s what keeps us dentists in business.

So I thought I’d share this.



The Philosoraptor can be clever sometimes.

I try to play it safe by supplying more natural dental hygiene products to my patients. We shouldn’t have to rely on foreign chemicals and substances when caring for basic hygiene. Those with poor dental health should take a look at the root of the problem — the health of the body and gut — instead of falling for the newest commercial product. For a truly lasting effect, your oral and dental health rely on your overall health, not tubes of minty who-knows-what.

Dr. Glenn Sperbeck, West Los Angeles


Thoughts On Holistic Dentistry and Caring for My Patients

Holistic dentistry is fun. There is always something new to learn, some nifty gadget to discover, some way you can improve upon your practice. It keeps things interesting. It’s also a great feeling to know that you really are providing the best care possible for patients who, as you are more than aware, are entrusting a great deal of their care to you. They are not robots on whom you may just mechanically operate and send on their way; patients are people, and they should be treated as such.

This is another reason why I have chosen a holistic path: holistic dentistry takes the whole patient into consideration instead of isolating all ties to a particular medical or dental problem. Treatment involves health-promoting solutions, thus giving both the patient and doctor a great sense of security and well-being.

Bringing the best care to my patients is my passion. I hope my patients feel not only taken care of, but also happier, healthier, and more confident when they leave my office.

Dr. Sperbeck, West Los Angeles

Scare Tactics

Modern medicine is bent on having us believe that unless something can be proven by science, it is not trustworthy as a remedy or cure for any disease. While this is a very good thing for our safety, its hand is a little too heavily suppressing the availability of alternative options. Most modern doctors, though their intentions may be perfectly upright, don’t put much faith in alternative medicine. Reasons for this vary. The point is that patients need to be aware that they have a choice in what kind of care they seek, and that it just might be better to go the holistic route even if a highly educated professional pooh-poohs the idea.

They might tell you the results of alternative medicine are inconsistent, unreliable, or dangerous. They’ll stress that there is so much more security going the “normal” way. They might say it’s fine to choose a holistic alternative if that’s what the patient is most comfortable with, but to not be surprised if it doesn’t work. “Alternative medicine is not clinically effective; is a waste of time; is this, that, or the other thing.”

Don’t buy into this. Approached with wisdom and skill, alternative medicine is the best route to take. Truly good health for a patient means permanent (maybe with occasional exceptions) independence from doctors and pharmaceuticals, which is a bad business model for them. So in spite of the major advances in knowledge and technology, they will not change their current methods that keep bringing patients back. Those methods keep us believing that our bodies are not capable of taking care of themselves; we need outside help and intervention. Thus, our focus stays on symptoms of disease — and suppressing them with drugs — instead of building disease-avoiding health altogether.

Dr. Sperbeck, West Los Angeles

Alternative Dentistry Isn’t Merely an Ideal

Mainstream public tends to believe that alternative medicine (which, I’m sure you know, carries many derogatory nicknames) implies methods that are dirty, ineffective, or just plain weird. The public also sees alternative medicine as unreliable and dangerous because it “hasn’t been proven to cure disease” by conventional medicine. But don’t get me started on the politics behind this that keep the public in the dark about natural medicine. It is a controversial topic.

Anyway, people are generally skeptical of holistic options for their medical needs, believing that they are inferior to what the majority of doctors and professors practice. “Science” reigns over all, and any other options are swept under the rug. After all, conventional medicine is what everyone does. It is easily available, trusted, and constantly advocated by the media. So why bother with the effort and expenses of alternative medicine?

Conventional medicine (and when I say “medicine,” dentistry is included) generally relies on methods and materials that isolate a particular problem or symptom and treat it without considering its root cause. We’ll discuss what the root cause usually is later. In the holistic world, the ailment or disease itself is the “symptom” of something greater going on with the patient’s overall health. Going to the doctor or dentist and diagnosing/treating an ailment or disease is only half the battle. Holistic medicine sees beyond that and strives to bring the individual patient to his optimal condition of health and immunity, therefore healing from past vulnerabilities and avoiding all potential diseases, illness, or relapses in the future. Diseases don’t just happen; they develop gradually, culminating when the body can no longer handle the burden of resisting them. The best cure for degenerative disease is to avoid it in the first place.

That being said, this is why we practice holistic dentistry. Conventional dentistry alone just isn’t enough to restore oral health to a patient. In fact, the patient’s oral health is negatively impacted by conventional methods. So many other things must be considered when treating a part of the body, teeth included. The patient’s best interest is not taken into account unless his health and treatment are approached comprehensively.

Dr. Sperbeck, West Los Angeles

Happy Hearts Day!

Well, it’s been a while, so what better place to pick back up than a holiday? Happy Valentine’s Day! Cheesy Hallmark holiday though it may be, enjoy yourself and the time spent spoiling — or being spoiled by — your special someone today.

However, don’t forget to spread a good dose of love and appreciation for your teeth, too. It is terribly cliche for me to warn you against the candy-popping and chocolate-chewing action presented on such an indulgent occasion, so I won’t. Don’t worry about it too much today; the guilt trip is coming tomorrow and the next day and the day after that… not really, but perhaps you’ll find my next several posts intriguing.

I’ll be writing up some informative entries on our health-centered dental approach, answering questions such as why we have set ourselves apart as “holistic,” or why we go to such great lengths in finding the best materials, machines, and technological advances in order to keep your oral health in the best condition possible. Why should you care about holistic dental treatment? What’s the difference between us and your local family dentist, and how, if at all, does it affect your health? What if your oral health has been poor for years, so you have just given up altogether or have become too embarrassed to seek help? Is there hope? (Preview: Yes! Of course there is hope!) Why do we push for higher standards? What’s all this talk about putting ozone in your mouth; quicker, healthier methods of implant installation; why “silver” cavity fillings are causing a myriad of diseases and poison problems, and how we deal with that; how a certain disorder can cause pain and injury to your entire head and neck; and how we choose to fix it? Why is nutrition such a big deal? Again, why should you care about any of this? A dentist is a dentist is a dentist, right? If my teeth look good to a highly educated professional, I’m in good shape, right? Right?

Proper — in the most healthful meaning of the word — dental care affects you more than you think. Answers are on their way.

Dr. Sperbeck, West Los Angeles