The Broken Brain Podcast with Dr. Rouzita Rashtian

Are Root Canals Dangerous? with Dr. Rouzita Rashtian, DDS

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Root canals have become ubiquitous—almost 60 million are performed each year in the United States. “You need a root canal‟ is now almost as common as hearing “you need a filling.” It is the only treatment protocol available to retain a tooth that is diseased. Yet, just how safe are root canals? And, what is the science behind there being a non-toxic alternative to tooth extractions? 

On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Rouzita Rashtian, a biological dentist and surgeon. After having earned her undergraduate degree at University of California Los Angeles with high honors in Neuroscience, Dr. Rouzita Rashtian went on to attend the University of Southern California where she completed her degree in doctor of dental surgery. 

Dr. Rashtian believes that every individual deserves the highest quality in dental care. She practices utilizing modern health as a platform in helping patients understand the relationship between their mouth and overall health, in her Los Angeles dental office. Her focus is on holistic and biological dentistry; the philosophy recognizing the teeth and associated structures as part of the whole body. Because of this important relationship, she offers a plethora of healthy treatment options, stressing the use of non-toxic materials focusing on the impact that toxins and hidden bacteria can have on cumulative health. She uses minimally invasive techniques to preserve healthy tooth structure and incorporates laser technology and ozone therapy. She holds a SMART certification license through the prestigious International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. She is also a member of the Holistic Dental Association and the International Association of Mercury-safe Dentists and Biomimetic Dentistry.

In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Rashtian dive deep into the topic of root canals. They discuss what a root canal treatment involves, why you might end up needing one, and alternative treatment options. Dr. Rashtian also shares a few case studies from her practice where a root canal was the underlying cause of a patient’s health issue. 

In this episode, we dive into: 

  • What is biological dentistry (6:16)
  • What is a root canal (12:39)
  • The four factors to avoid a root canal (18:20)
  • Why root canals can be problematic (24:42)
  • What you should look out for if you’ve had a root canal (44:42)
  • Traditional tooth extraction vs. holistic tooth extraction (48:52)
  • Ozone therapy in dentistry (50:48)
  • Options for tooth replacement (54:23)
  • Case studies from Dr. Rashtian’s dental practice (1:00:52)
  • How to work with Dr. Rashtian (1:15:28)
  • Where you can learn more about Dr. Rashtian (1:19:46) 

For more on Dr. Rouzita Rashtian you can follow her on Instagram @SerenityDentalCenter, on Facebook @SerenityDentalCenter, and through her website

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Mark Hyman, MD
Mark Hyman, MD


Mark Hyman, MD

Mark Hyman, MD is the Founder and Director of The UltraWellness Center, the Head of Strategy and Innovation of Cleveland Clinic's Center for Functional Medicine, and a 13-time New York Times Bestselling author.

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