Ep. 43 Barefoot Hippies At The Dentist And Their Oil Pulling

In This Episode

Because there are so many wacky trends in dentistry right now, Neal is joined by one last dentist for the year, Dr. Sarah Balaster.

Sarah specializes in laser dentistry, which is moving dentistry into the future and away from all the painful procedures that so many of us fear.

She and Neal discuss the many encouraging benefits of laser advances in mouthwash and the ins and outs of dental insurance.

Sarah goes on to share some hilarious and gross stories from the dental chair and also explains the trend called oil pulling.

Topics Discussed

  • Oil pulling and its validity
  • Laser dentistry and periodontics
  • Dental insurance
  • Mouthwash
  • The gross things people do at the dentist’s office
  • Gross things found in gums during cleanings and laser treatments

All About Sarah Balaster

Dr. Sarah Balaster received her Doctor of Dental Medicine from Rutgers School of Dental Medicine and earned her certificate in Periodontics from the New York University College of Dentistry.

Prior to enrolling in dental school, she attained a Bachelor of Arts with honors in Fine Arts from Wesleyan University and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from William Paterson University.

Dr. Balaster’s background in both the visual arts and sciences allows her to work with patients to achieve both an esthetic and healthy smile. She prefers to treat patients with minimally invasive surgical therapies when possible and is trained in the LANAP protocol which offers a less painful treatment alternative to conventional periodontal surgery through the use of the PerioLase MVP-7 Nd:YAG laser.

Dr. Balaster has worked on the development of soft tissue (gum) grafting techniques to improve esthetics, function, and patient comfort. Her surgical techniques are evidence-based in biology and are tailored to each patient’s needs and unique situation.

She is a member of the American Academy of Periodontics, Northeast Society of Periodontics, American Dental Association and the American Laser Society.


Dr. Neal Smoller, Holistic Pharmacist

About Neal Smoller

Dr. Neal Smoller, PharmD, is a licensed pharmacist: and owner of Village Apothecary, an independent pharmacy in the most famous small town in America—Woodstock, NY. He’s also the host of the popular wellness podcast, The Big Mouth Pharmacist.”


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