In 1988, Dr. Mamak Saffarpour was one of just a handful of students accepted to Iran’s top dental school, Shahid Beheshti Dental School at the National University of Tehran. After completing her education there in 1994, she established a dental clinic in the medical facility of the Kidney Foundation of Iran. There, she tended to the dental needs of medically compromised patients while also working as an associate in a successful private practice. In 1996, Dr. Saffarpour relocated to the United States. After giving birth to her first son, she enrolled at UCLA continuing dental education programs to prepare for the National and California State Dental Boards, both of which she soon successfully completed. Since opening her own office in 2002, Dr. Saffarpour has continued her studies to expand and enrich her practice and knowledge of dentistry, and particularly its relationship to whole body health. Areas in which she has received advanced training or certification include:
Dr. Solmaz Forutan joined our practice as an associate in 2020, shortly after moving from Chicago to the Bay Area for, among other things, its much better (and warmer!) weather.
It was in Chicago where Dr. Forutan earned her dental degree from the University of Illinois College of Dentistry. She was among the top 5% percent of her class at UIC, receiving the Golden Scaler Award for clinical excellence. She has published and presented her work on evidence-based dentistry, receiving several prestigious awards for her work, including Best Clinical Science Winner by the Illinois State Dental Society and the Clinical and Translational Sciences Award by UIC. Dr. Forutan enjoys all aspects of general dentistry and is very passionate about improving people’s oral health. She treats each patient as if they were her own family member. She takes the time to talk in depth with her patients about dental issues, their causes, and treatment options. She also finds it very rewarding to provide high quality dental care to children, as it is the foundation for their future oral and overall health. Providing needed care to underserved populations has likewise been important to Dr. Forutan, who has volunteered in many free clinics, such as the Mission of Mercy and Salvation Army dental clinics. She is currently a member of the American Dental Association and Academy of General Dentistry, among other professional organizations and regularly advances her skills through continuing education courses and seminars. When not practicing dentistry or pursuing CE, Dr. Forutan enjoys hiking, swimming, biking, watching movies, cooking new recipes, and baking all kinds of sweets. She loves spending time with her husband, son, and daughter, doing activities from board games and puzzles at home to exploring all that the beautiful Bay Area offers.
Who would travel from New Mexico to San Jose CA to see her favorite biological dentist? I would and am very glad I did.
I work in epigenetics and have a genetic condition that Dr. Saffrapour knows well. I feel everyone should use biological dentistry as so many products and processes can and are toxic. BTW Dr. S gives the gentlest shots, pain killers, I have ever had. We even used laser to finish off our session so healing began immediately and I did not need a single aspirin.
Also Dr. S seems to always be learning the latest and never stops learning. I appreciate that immensely.
Assisting Dr. S is an outstanding staff, Brenda, Allen and others whose name I do not know.
Bottom line I cannot recommend Dr. Saffrapour and staff enough. If you care about healthy teeth go here.
- Nancy M.
I travel over an hour 45 minutes to Dr. Mamak. I’m a dentist and have to say she is by far one of the best dentists out there. She pours her heart and souls into her work and truly cares. She takes her time and is extremely through. She always goes the extra mile.
A treasure hiding in a small clean and cozy office.
- Parastoo P.
Dr. Mamak is a very good Dentist, and I recommend her highly for being very thorough and passionate about her work. She took the proper precautions to evaluate my dental situation on my first visit, and took her time explaining what exactly was going on in my mouth. Her careful attention to detail goes a long way, and her holistic approach is a big plus. Do not hesitate to give her a visit. She is worth it.
- Akash S.
Caring and warm office got me in in a timely fashion. Dr. Safferpour took as much time as I needed her to to speak to me about my concerns regarding my teeth and future dental work. I went through three separate dentists that I did not care for because the besides manner was not warm and I felt like a number. Not at this office I highly recommended her. In addition she does a lot of different things in her office which makes it a one stop shop.
- Debra L.
Since the very first time I contacted the office of Dr. Saffarpour her office team has been warm, attentive with great customer service, and today arriving at her office with my 9 year old daughter was very pleasant. The continue welcoming and care of the reassuring professionalism of Dr. Saffarpour was amazing. I am grateful for finding a holistic and caring Dr. my daughter.
Thank you Dr. Saffarpour.
- R A S B E R R Y
In medicine, there are all kinds of doctors who specialize in treating just one part of the body – podiatrists for feet, ophthalmologists for eyes, dermatologists for skin, and so on. Yet mouth specialists – dentists – are the exception to the rule. And that’s pretty weird.
Part of the reason for that is the historical fact that dentistry was once treated as a skilled trade, done by “barber-surgeons” who focused mainly on solving mechanical problems: extracting teeth, fixing those that were broken or decayed, and so on. It evolved as a separate profession, as 19th century attempts to bring the two fields together failed.
And even though dentistry has evolved a lot, much of its focus remains simply on fixing problems, without seeing the mouth in relation to the rest of the body it’s a part of. Yet as the great German medical doctor and researcher Dr. Reinhold Voll taught, up to 90% of all systemic health problems have an oral component.
The good news is that conventional dentistry seems to be catching up with this fact, mostly with respect to the links that science has uncovered between periodontal (gum) disease and other inflammatory conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis, kidney disease, cognitive decline, and some cancers.
But the mouth/body relationship is much more expansive than that, as holistic and biological dentists have understood for some time now. We know that the mouth is a mirror of the body – and that what happens in the mouth doesn’t necessarily stay in the mouth.
This is why, for instance, we use only biocompatible materials when we need to restore or replace teeth. The common “silver” fillings are actually about 50% mercury, a potent neurotoxin. It doesn’t stay locked in the amalgam. Small amounts are off-gassed and inhaled with every bite and swallow. From the lungs, it’s a short trip to the brain, kidneys, and other issues where it tends to accumulate, contributing to a wide array of health problems.
Instead, we use BPA-free tooth-colored composite resins and ceramic/porcelain. If there’s ever a question about whether a patient might be reactive to certain materials, we order compatibility testing. And when you need or choose to have old amalgams removed, we follow the IAOMT’s stringent SMART protocol to protect you, ourselves, and our environment from mercury pollution.
As a biological office, we also favor effective natural therapies such as ozone and nutritional interventions. Our focus is on prevention first, helping you support and sustain your whole body health and well-being through optimal oral health. When problems arise, we strive to identify and treat root causes rather than simply easing symptoms. When a tooth needs repair, we favor minimally invasive procedures that help you keep as much natural, healthy tooth structure as possible.
We even go a step further than many other holistic and biological practices with our awareness of the impact your airway in particular can have on your oral and overall health alike. When an airway is too small – a result of underdeveloped jaws, often due to poor nutrition, among other factors – teeth come in crowded and crooked. More crucially, the body doesn’t get all the oxygen it needs to truly thrive. It was long thought that there was nothing you could do about this in adulthood other than try to mitigate the damage with various oral appliances and CPAP during sleep. But with the Vivos appliances we have available today, we can actually widen airways gently and effectively in adults and children alike, laying a foundation for better oral and systemic health.
These are just some of the ways in which biological dentistry and support your total health – and some of the topics we’ll surely be returning to from time to time on this blog, as we want you to learn as much as you can about the mouth/body relationship. After all, the more you know, the more you can make truly informed decisions about your care and create the healthy, vibrant future you desire.