Poor dental health has been linked to heart problems, diabetes, respiratory illness, stomach & bowel problems, and even cancer. In traditional medicine, the goal is to treat issues as they occur in a way that focuses on the symptoms. This can include using treatments that don’t always work with your body.

At the Julian Center for Toxic Free Dentistry, we provide holistic dental services that are focused on your whole-body wellness and work to treat your oral issues at the source, working in harmony with your body.

Our holistic dentist, Dr. Sambataro, includes treatments and procedures designed to remedy any oral issues you have while protecting your total body wellness.


Dr. Sambataro understands that issues affecting your oral health can impact other bodily systems and vice versa. Choosing a health-centered dentist can make a difference not only in the quality of your treatment but also in your recovery. 

Here are four reasons why it’s crucial to find a holistic, otherwise known as biological, dentist:


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Preventing Illness and Premature Death

If you don’t take proper care of your oral health, your mouth can become a breeding ground for bacteria that hide in moist, dark places and rot the surrounding tissues. If left untreated, the abundance of bacteria can lead to life-threatening medical complications.

The bacteria forms into a sticky film (plaque) that clings to your teeth. The build-up of plaque is a constant occurrence, which is why healthy home habits and regularly scheduled dental visits work to keep your smile as plaque-free as possible. If not cleaned properly, it can harden into tartar (calculus) which can only be removed by a dental professional.

Plaque produces acids after eating or drinking and can lead to the destruction of your tooth enamel, cavities, tooth decay, and gingivitis. It can even deteriorate the bones that hold your teeth in place.

In severe cases, the bacteria from the plaque and tartar can enter your bloodstream. They typically attack the carotid arteries, which help supply your brain with blood and thus increase your risk of having a stroke. The risk of heart problems is increased when certain types of bacteria are present in your mouth. If you have an existing heart condition, such as a murmur, it’s imperative that you inform Dr. Sambataro prior to any dental treatment in order to avoid a severe (or even deadly) infection.

Because Dr. Sambataro understands the relationship between dental health and your overall health, he can make treatment more effective and tailored to your specific circumstances.

Enhancing Health and Well-Being

We now understand that health is much more than just the absence of illness — it‘s a state of vigor and wholeness. Regardless of physical limitations, health is a balance of the emotional, social, mental, physical, and spiritual aspects of your experience and your life. Because of state licensing laws, a health-centered dentist cannot provide treatment for all of these areas. However, they should be familiar with and open to a variety of alternative and traditional treatments.

To be truly effective in helping you establish optimal health, your dentist should have a working relationship with an acupuncturist, an osteopath or a holistic physician, a health psychologist, a chiropractor, a physical or massage therapist, a homeopath, and a naturopath.

In addition to helping you establish and maintain the health of your teeth and gums, your holistic dentist should be willing and able to refer you to these other health care providers for appropriate diagnosis and treatment.

Avoiding Unnecessary Pain & Suffering

Emergency dentistry isn’t fun. However, when you avoid seeing the dentist regularly, you’re setting yourself up for emergency treatment. Modern dentistry is almost completely pain-free, but this may not be the case with emergency care.

The pain and suffering you can experience from a cavity, a lost filling, a fractured tooth, an abscessed tooth, or bleeding, infected, and swollen gums are a far cry from the mild discomfort and minor inconvenience of regular dental checkups.

And yet, this is exactly what millions of people put themselves through. They wait and wait, putting off scheduling an appointment until it could be too late. As a result, what should have been taken care of quickly and easily may now require multiple visits with complex and invasive procedures — perhaps even surgery.

Saving Your Teeth

Oral problems affect people of all ages, however, these problems worsen with age as the immune system becomes more sluggish. Regular dental visits and good oral health habits can support the preservation of your natural smile and drastically reduce the chance of gum disease. 

Losing a tooth can cost you more than just social embarrassment. It can also alter your bite and the way you chew and digest your food. Throwing your bite off can lead to all kinds of unnecessary medical complications. Additionally, gaps in your smile leave your surrounding teeth and gums more vulnerable to the bacteria that cause tooth decay and periodontal disease. 

With proper diet and nutrition, a healthy and active lifestyle, and the help and guidance of your holistic dentist, you can keep your teeth healthy for a lifetime.


What’s the difference between a traditional and holistic dentist?

Traditional dentists look at and treat the problems concerning the mouth. However, holistic dentists are concerned about what issues are going on both inside and outside the mouth. 

While illness of the mouth may not always cause illness in other parts of the body, your mouth, gums, and teeth will contribute to and reflect the health of your entire body

Do holistic dentists pull teeth?

In some cases, Dr. Sambataro may recommend pulling an infected tooth. We believe that root canals do more harm than good to your overall health as there is no way to fully remove the bacteria within the tooth cavity.

What medical issues can result from poor dental health?

If you’re not following the proper dental home-care program, bacteria multiply out of control and can lead to life-threatening medical complications. It may be surprising to discover the many ailments that have been relieved through holistic dentistry, even if these ailments seem totally unrelated to the mouth. Some of these include:

  • Depression
  • Severe anxiety
  • Asthma
  • Polyps
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Acne
  • Chronic sinus infection
  • Arthritis
  • Muscle atrophy
  • Allergies
  • Numbness
  • Inability to think clearly
  • General malaise
  • Hair loss
  • Light sensitivity
  • Chronic muscle pain
  • Chronic headaches
  • Migraine headaches
  • Compromised immune system
  • Chemical sensitivities

The human body is a complex network of interrelated systems. Poor health in any one of these systems will be reflected throughout the whole network. So, while it may not be literally true that illness in the mouth will always cause illness in other parts of the body, your mouth, gums, and teeth will contribute to and reflect your overall health.

Is holistic dentistry more cost-effective?

When you refrain from dental visits, you increase your chances of developing serious, avoidable, and costly dental problems. Think of it this way — you can run your car into the ground until it breaks down and spend an arm and a leg repairing it, or you can pay a lot less for preventative maintenance. It’s your choice. The major difference is that you can always buy a new car, but you can’t buy a new mouth. Once your teeth are gone, they’re gone, so think carefully about the way you take care of them.


When you visit the Julian Center for Toxic Free Dentistry, you’re choosing holistic care designed with your total body wellness in mind. Dr. Sambataro and our expert staff serve as your support team on the path to wellness. Our holistic services are designed to treat your oral issues while only using products that work in harmony with the body. If you want to learn more about how a holistic approach can enhance your care, or if you’re ready to make an appointment with Dr. Sambataro at our Ellicott City office, give us a call at (410) 964-2865 today.