The Echo Chamber of Holistic Medicine

Dr. David Bishop, DDS

Dr. David Bishop, DDS

Holistic medicine has made a place for itself with supplemental and medicinal options for our health. Accurate supplemental intake becomes the issue since regulatory entities allow vague concentration descriptions leading one to believe they are receiving something other than what is actually delivered.

Consequently, distrust develops from ineffectiveness. Vitamin C is a case in point; labels do not depict what is actually available from the supplement when ingested.

Which ones work? Be careful since science has quantified the placebo as 30% effective. Anyone might be satisfied with 30% effectiveness if they don’t really want to see it any other way. Are you familiar with “Echo chamber” support? Read internet dialog on any issue and just believe.

What about interesting dental products like charcoal toothpaste?

The cultures from India have used it for centuries? It works by absorbing stains like a poultice? I’m not sure it is abrasive but it might be. Can you convince yourself of some kind of effectiveness? These questions are out in the open since there is no research on it. Do you “want” research evidence? I’ve read money grubbing dentists don’t really want you to find out about it. Really? Fads work off the “echo chamber” momentum.

The intuitive notion that a plastic cutting board is more sanitary than a wooden one but science proves the opposite. Legitimate evaluation comes with trials using many subjects under many environments.


This public acceptance of putting charcoal material in the mouth and convincing themselves of either effectiveness or not is interesting since extremely effective tried and true tested materials in dentistry have been eliminated with public outcry.

This is really an opportunity for a holistic approach in dental hygiene to be tested without FDA intervention and courts to defend some reaction or side effect like stomach cancer, ulcers, tissue slough, or even diarrhea and vomiting. There isn’t any need for dentists to be held responsible or even remotely involved by unusual complications that could show up like needing gallbladder surgery 4 years later.

This new test spirit among people with this charcoal in their mouth are blazing a blind trail once visited by my grandmother when she thought gasoline would reverse the effects of my poison ivy and I at 10 years old was willing to try anything.

Internet dialog is a real good indicator of a successful product like this; right?

As a practicing dentist, I’m ready to accept a successful product as I have reviewed many over my career.

I’d like to review an evaluation using legitimate scientific method before I even discuss it among colleagues. I realize this dialog is like an internet entry. My 35 year practicing career, commitment to my patients and the integrity I exemplify to my long-term staff and colleagues that continue to work by my side should make this information more valuable to you.

Dr. David Bishop, DDS


Dr. David Bishop, DDS

Dr. David Bishop, DDS

The dentist's bedside manner is probably the highest on the list. Most people choose a physician the same way, a good listener, easy to talk to and confide with, a track record of pleased patients. There is also the relationship with the hygienist in dentistry since you see the hygienist more than the dentist. Do you get coached or lectured? You’ve heard recommendations before, you don’t need to hear them every visit.

90% of the new patients that choose The Dentist of Allen are referred by other patients.


People refer friends like themselves when they feel very comfortable with the referral. Long term employees signify a polished and steady delivery of care. Unfortunately, The Dentist of Allen recently lost an 18 year employee to retirement. has occupied a state of the art new facility built in 2013, the culmination of bringing together 3 dentists with schooling spanning 30 years (1983, 1992, 2013) to offer a strong foundation of the latest skillset available.

They provide experienced referrals when needed from tenured specialists they have had long track records with. Post doctoral training with doctors provide skills not routinely required but compliment even simple procedures and of course when needed for comprehensive options like cosmetics, implants, IV sedation, and teeth in a day. Expanded hours beginning at 7am and ending at 7pm offer convenience. Several hygienists work together so families can accomplish a routine visit all at the same time.

DSC01156.jpg tenure delivers accomplished lab support connections that behind the scenes, delivers the quality product required for long term dental health. The time required in dentistry to accumulate this complimentary support and develop that team communication is an entire practice lifetime. Dental lab work is the finishing touch to many dental procedures including the implant, crown, All on 4, partial, denture, etc..

Care is taken to assure the best materials and skill is delivered when our labs participate. There are no “specials” in a service skilled product like dentistry, finesse and details are always lost that way, regardless of the noble intentions. That would also mean that the usual fee isn’t the best that can be offered.

Hygienists are provided an opportunity by law to provide hygiene outside of a dental practice. All fail since they can’t provide competitive fees so the reality is hygiene fees provide a service to patients at break even to a dental practice. Gimmicks are exactly what the word indicates when “enticements” are used to attract patients with advertisements; there’s always a catch. Specials for new patients only? Aren’t the existing patients that have been in the practice the ones that deserve the special.

Visit for any of your dental needs knowing you are making the best choice you can make for you and your families dental health. You will not be disappointed.

David Bishop, DDS


Dr. David Bishop, DDS

Dr. David Bishop, DDS

Stress is a challenge we all deal with. We may or may not be able to control how our body deals with it.

One vent or response to stress is clenching our teeth.

There are many terms to describe it; gnashing, clenching, grinding or bruxing. If there are differing definitions to each of those terms, the end result is still the same with the mouth;

In the past some recreational drugs caused severe clenching of teeth to the extent that many molars split in two, resulting in an extraction. Grinding teeth can occur with children to the extent that we can hear them in their sleep. Adults can grind in their sleep so annoying that their spouse can’t sleep. Some clenching can occur with no sound. Most of this involuntary problem occurs in our REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. This is a deeper type of sleep, but is not the deepest sleep we can have. Since we have no control over our actions during this sleep, how do we protect our teeth from the damage this grinding can cause?

stressed out teeth clench

Easy, eliminate stress.

Then write the book.

The issue is somewhat understood originating from ideas from the dental field but is not particularly exact science. The pattern for the eruption of teeth starts from an eruptive force of some sort, and our muscles and contacting teeth while eating guides them to their respective mature location. Cultures eating more difficult foods to chew tended to have a more ideal arrangement and set of teeth than cultures that ate softer foods. As cultures mingled, those notions got clouded when mismatched physique from a large robust German married a petite English lady. The child inherited the small mouth with big teeth and any amount of natural eruptive forces couldn’t straighten the teeth. The interferences in the guiding contours of the teeth stimulated grinding in an attempt to position the tooth into the correct alignment. Maybe?

Bruxism splints, made to help with the uncontrolled grinding of teeth, are made with an acrylic material like a retainer and cover all the teeth, or the result would cause the uncovered teeth to move orthodontically out of place. This splint is usually worn at night and repositions the mouth to an area that causes muscles to release rather than contract. It does not train us to stop grinding but helps pass through our stressful time and maybe we can put it aside until another stress cycle begins.

Most people wear them every night since it has a relieving character to it lending to a more relaxed sleep, regardless of our stress experience. This is a very superficial description of a treatment with many variables.

The Dentist of Allen can provide you with solutions to protect your teeth and maybe improve your sleep if you feel your stress is vented by clenching your teeth at night.

David Bishop, DDS