Hi! I’m Dr. Bernice Teplitsky, but you can call me Dr. T. As you may have noticed, I practice dentistry a bit differently than most dentists. Research shows that dental problems can lead to other medical problems. As a holistic dentist, I care about your whole health – not just your oral health. I focus on preventative oral care to stop problems before they develop and work with your physician or other healers to coordinate treatment, so that your whole body is cared for.
I’ve been in the dental field since I was 16 years old and got my first job working as a dental assistant in Highland Park, IL. I graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, with a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science and a certificate in Gerontology (treatment of the aging population). After I graduated from Marquette University’s School of Dentistry, I completed a general practice residency at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Working at a hospital setting, particularly working in the emergency and operating rooms, gave me great surgical experience with very complex cases. It also taught me to be a partner with my fellow medical colleagues. So I love to intertwine dentistry with other fields of Eastern and Western medicine.
Soon after graduating, I discovered holistic dentistry and started visiting my dental colleagues all over the country, learning how they practice holistic dentistry (also known as biological dentistry, nutritional dentistry, and integrative dentistry). I saw how they were able to cure patients with chronic diseases by using nutrition, biocompatible dental materials, and removing toxins from the mouth. I was hooked. I thought it was so cool to see people feeling vibrant, energetic, and disease free because of improvement in dental health. I noticed that people who took care of their mouth tended to be healthier all-around. The patients who focused on improving their oral health started seeing changes in other areas of their health, body, and daily life. My goal became to make all my patients healthier through superior dental care.
Of course, I think that dental treatment is a two-way street. I give my patients resources to learn about what’s going on in their mouths. But it is their responsibility put forth the effort for a healthy mouth. We provide an entertaining, and educational blog, newsletter, host events, and give lectures about dentistry to help people understand the importance of oral health. Whether or not you’re a patient, you’re welcome to browse the site and learn more about holistic dentistry.
I’m also a member of the following dental organizations:
- International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology
- Academy of General Dentistry
- Holistic Dental Association *(board member)
- American Dental Association
- Chicago Dental Society
- Illinois State Dental Society
When not in the office, I enjoy yoga, hiking, traveling, photography, cooking, Latin dance, and meditation. I’m also fluent in Spanish and Russian.
So if you’re ready to come see a holistic dentist that cares about your entire health as much as you do, come to Lakeview and check out Wrigleyville Dental. Even if it’s just to visit and say “hi,” we’ll be waiting for you with a smile and a cup of tea.
Call 773-975-6543 for your appointment. I’m looking forward to meeting you in person.
Hi! I’m Dr. Martha Silva,
I have been passionate about dentistry my whole life. In fact, I have known I wanted to be a dentist since I was five years-old. I have my childhood Dentist to thank for the inspiration. He always taught me a lot when I would go in for checkups, and even let me sit in on a procedure when they fixed my brother’s chipped tooth. During my senior year, my high school allowed me to alter my class schedule so I could take off every Friday for 10 weeks to attend a dental assisting course at a nearby dental institute. During college I worked as an orthodontic assistant and would pop in and out of the clinic for work in between my classes.
Soon after I started dental school at the University of Illinois College of Dentistry, I decided that I did not want to place silver-amalgam fillings. Although I did not completely understand why at the time, I knew that I refused to have any silver fillings in my own mouth. Why would I recommend to patients something that I would not even use for myself? My professors pressured me to use amalgam on back teeth fillings, but I stuck to my guns. In fact, during our board exam when we had to place fillings on live patients in order to graduate, I was one of the only students to choose to use a white filling for my patient’s back tooth. Some of my fellow students called me crazy for choosing the white material because it is more difficult to use, and I needed to successfully complete this procedure to graduate and earn my license. But, I wasn’t scared because I had been doing white fillings the whole time I was in dental school. I am proud to report that I got an excellent grade by the way!
Living green, being environmentally responsible, and possessing a holistic mentality has been a way of life for me for over 10 years now. In college, as a Biology major, I started to understand how what we put in our bodies affects our overall health and how our environment affects the expression of our genes. Everything I learned in school inspired me to learn more and seek information. After years of accumulated information I feel like a healthier person. I practice a whole food, mostly plant based, organic, sustainable diet for me and my family. I believe in prevention foremost and treating the body as a whole when it comes to disease. I believe in supporting biodegradable products, recycling, and composting. I believe in regular exercise and physical activity. All of these things are an every day practice for me when it comes to my personal life.
So after practicing a holistic lifestyle for so long, I merged my lifestyle practices with how I practice dentistry. Eventually I became a member of the Holistic Dental Association. I truly believe that proactive treatment is better than reactive treatment. It is usually less invasive and less expensive. I love working with people who care about their overall health, and are really looking for a different approach to dentistry. Like Dr. T, I think dentistry is a two-way street, and I focus a lot on education during my appointments. I want to make sure that you know how to properly clean your teeth, which products to use, and what to eat to make sure that you stay out of the dental chair and get to keep your teeth for your whole life.
When I’m not practicing dentistry or spending time with family, I love cooking, baking, yoga, and running. I am also fluent in Spanish.
If you’re looking to make an appointment and see what holistic dentistry is all about, call 773-975-6666 for your appointment. I’m looking forward to meeting you in person.
Sometimes life offers you the perfect opportunity at just the right moment. That’s exactly how I feel about becoming the newest member of the Wrigleyville Dental team. I graduated from the Indiana University School of Dentistry and began practicing straight out of school in my hometown of Indianapolis. My fiancé and I were deciding where we wanted to put down roots, and as a Chicago native, he suggested that the city might be right for us. Once we relocated from Indiana, I began looking for a practice that was the best fit for me. The Wrigleyville methodology resonated with my own efforts to consider all aspects of health and wellness on a daily basis.
I’m no stranger to the health and wellness world. Eating healthy was always a rule while I was growing up. My mother, herself actually the daughter of a dentist, had never allowed me to have soda, candy or a lot of “fast food”. It turned out I ended up not even liking soda and I also became careful about the rest of my food choices. A few years ago, wanting to also be mindful of my physical well-being, I began to try restorative yoga. When my body was wearing down after long hours working at my previous dental office, I found that this style of yoga offered a workout and a sense of balance. Both health and fitness have always been important to me.
Wrigleyville Dental’s boutique approach enables us to customize cleanings, as well as the specific materials and treatment options that we offer. What I love most about the holistic philosophy is that I am able to teach patients about the way that their oral health relates to and affects their overall health. As a member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, I am able to stay on top of recent developments in the holistic health community.
Since making Chicago my new home, I have appreciated the liveliness of the city and all of the amazing opportunities that exist here. From the Shedd Aquarium to an endless number of great restaurants, I feel like I am discovering new wonders all the time. I love spending time with my family, and adore my two incredible nieces. Some of my other favorite hobbies include playing tennis, watching movies, and baking.
Moving to a new city has been a huge change, but everything is going so smoothly that I never doubt that I made the right decision. I want to thank our incredible community of patients for making my transition such a joy. I look forward to continuing to work with my Wrigleyville Dental team, and for the opportunity to get to know new patients and new neighbors.
I’m also a member of the following dental organizations: