Our Stance on The Hot Dental Topics

Holistic dentists are dentists who perform dentistry that is good for the body as well as the teeth and gums.

There are dentists who call themselves holistic (for marketing or differentiation reasons) but the only thing “holistic” about them is that they don’t place mercury fillings. On the flip-side, there are conventional dentists who perform complex, comprehensive dentistry that involves more than the teeth and gums… it involves the face, head, neck…. the whole body… hence the “wholistic” nature of what they do, yet they don’t call themselves holistic. To say that a dentist is one or the other is not always accurate.

At The Center for Natural Dentistry, we have put emphasis on a more natural or holistic approach to dentistry. But every dentist has a different take on some of the issues, so where do we stand on each issue? Our answers are transparent and we have posted them below so you will know if our office is one in which you will feel comfortable being a patient. This is not a comprehensive look at each issue or even why we chose our stance on each issue — there are plenty of articles on this site and others that will dive deeper into each. This is simply each issue and our stance on them.

The Issues

When most people think of holistic and natural dentistry, they think of mercury fillings. But there are many more issues that divide most traditional and holistic dental practices. (Please keep in mind that many “traditional” dentists practice under the philosophies of the “holistic” side and vice-versa. This is why labels don’t work. But for simplicity’s sake, I’ve divided the issues below.)

Mercury Fillings:

We are against them. We use strict removal protocols to ensure safety for our staff, doctors, and patients. We do not place mercury fillings in any way, shape, or form.

Root Canals (or Root Canal Therapy):

We are against them. We do not do root canal therapy and do not have an endodontist to refer you to in the chance that you would prefer one.


We are against it. We do not use fluoride in our office. It’s not in our water supply, we don’t do fluoride treatments, and we don’t use it in our fillings or the toothpastes we sell.


We are for digital X-Rays, against film X-Rays. X-Rays are an important part of the diagnostic process, but we want to limit your radiation exposure as much as possible.

Porcelain / Metal Crowns:

We are against them. We don’t use any restorations that contain metal.

Gold Crowns:

Against them. We don’t use any restorations that contain metal.

Titanium Dental Implants:

Against them for most people. There are some people who are biocompatible with titanium, but very few. We don’t stock titanium implants and VERY rarely place them.

Ceramic Dental Implants:

For them for most people. Not everyone is biocompatible with zirconia implants, but we have found most people are good with it. We use them on a case-by-case basis.


We are for it. Ozone is a powerful addition to a dental practice with some amazing properties. We use it in certain circumstances with certain people.

White Composite Fillings:

We are for them for most people. There are hundreds of different types of white composite filling materials. Not every type is great and there are some major problems with some of them. But for most people they are a good option.

All Porcelain Crowns and Bridges:

We are for them. Again, there is a variety of different options, but in general these are a good option for most people.

Diet and Nutrition:

We are for it. Diet and nutrition play a HUGE role in our oral health as well as our overall health. We encourage our patients to use diet and nutrition as part of the healing process.

Biocompatibility Testing:

We are for it. Everyone is different and we treat each patient as a unique individual. This is not “one-size-fits-all” dentistry.

Summarizing our Stances

Did we leave something out of the list? Probably. Fire away in the comments section if you have a specific question, or you can check our interactive forum community at www.DrMarvin.com. As a summary, we believe that every person is different and we should all be treated differently. There are some things we simply will never do in our office (mercury fillings and root canals are two of them), but for most items, it’s based on an individual basis.

We test each patient for biocompatibility with a material before we use it, to try to be reasonably sure that we minimize any negative interactions in the body after it has been used. The above list is simply an overview of our beliefs and philosophies.

There are TONS of options in dental materials and procedures for any given dental problem. Most of the time the patient is never made aware of the topins as the dentist just makes a choice for you. There are also TONS of options in dentists. We hope that your philosophies align with ours and, if so, we hope to see you in our office soon. And if not… well, there are tons of other dentists who might closer align with your ideals and goals. That’s the beauty of options!

For more information about holistic dentistry click here: What is Holistic Dentistry.

For more information about our practice or to schedule an appointment, click here: Why Become a Patient


  1. Adelaide Smith Says: July 11, 2018 at 5:29 am

    I would very much appreciate knowing the answer to the following question this week if possible:

    Would you yourself use this product for a tooth crown: IPS e.max Press, made by Invoclar Vivadent AG in Liechtenstein, a “Ceramic ingots made of:>57%o SiO2, Li2O, K2O,P2O5,ZrO2,ZnO, Al2O3, MgO, La2O3 and pigments”

    Thank you so much,

  2. Victoria Says: June 27, 2018 at 11:28 am

    Hi thank you for this list making your position clear on these topics. Would love to hear your position on Oral Probiotics (and if for them, which brand do you recommend?), MI Paste Biomimetic restorations, Waterpik use, Oil Pulling, Oral Bacteria test. Also curious, in what circumstances you would choose 2D over 3D imaging?

  3. Hi, i need a dental crown but terrified since i only have the option of zirconium or maybe resin. Can you help since i live on montreal, qc and do not know what to do. Hx.

  4. A few years ago I had a root canal in my right back molar. Prior to this I never had a single medical issue and had not been to a doctor in 20 years. This past year I have been in super sever pain to the point where I could not even do my job. It turned out to be an abcess on the root canal tooth. They pulled it yesterday and I really believe that this root canal tooth was infecting me for a year or so. In addition to this I have had super amounts of pain in my lower jaw that they have not yet solved. I have been to 2 dentists, 1 oral surgon, endodontist, and they sent me on to a facial specialist. They still cannot tell me what is wrong with my lower jaw. They didn’t give me anything for my pain or even any type of antibiotic to try. In addition a year after they did the root canal I have had a brain tumor/cyst that has eaten through my skull and burrowed down into my brain. I am not sure if a root canal could have caused this problem but they have yet to honestly figure out that either.

    I do have another tooth that needs to be pulled and I will have to put some type of implant in that spot. What do you suggest to look into for an implant?

    • Hi Trent, I am about to have a root canal tooth pulled as well. My “main chewing tooth” & don’t know what I’ll do without it. Probably a bridge of some kind. I hope you have found some answers and help. I just want to suggest you check into hyperbaric oxygen and also the series “The Truth About Cancer” (TTAC)for your other issues. Don’t give up. There are answers, OK? Take care.

  5. Gilbert Williams Says: April 6, 2016 at 10:00 am

    I had a root canal 2/2015 in 6/2015 I EXPERIENCED TINNITUS, VERTIGO AND HEADAKES. The vertigo was relived with therapy but came back again. The headaches went away with the use of Cirpo Reoccurred several times since. I feel light header and unbalanced. I found your site and a case study with similar issues as mine. The person went your practice and had the root canal removed and began feeling better.
    Could you offer any advise on how to proceed

    Gilbert Williams
    8413 SE Angelina Court Hobe Sound, FL 33455

  6. GREGG OLSON Says: January 20, 2016 at 8:42 am

    I had a tooth pulled (#30) in Oct. 2014 and have still not decided on what to do to replace it. I have considered a titanium implant but everytime my appt comes up I cancel. Just not sure what to do. I live in Santa Monica but may be able to come down to Encinitas for a consultation. One of my questions is do the ceramic implants hold up as well as the titanium over the long term??
    Thanks for your help.

    • Gregg,

      I understand your situation. You want to make the best decision on how to replace your missing tooth. Tooth #30 is a very important tooth. I always say that it is the cornerstone of your mouth. It is like having 1/4 of you house’s foundation removed.

      I would be more than happy to help you. We have plenty of patients that come from Los Angeles. The best option for you is to come on down for an exam so I can help you decide which option is best.

      Dr. Marvin

      ps. Some people are not compatible with titanium implants, contrary to what most dentists believe.

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