Understanding and Addressing Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding, medically known as bruxism, is a common dental issue that affects many individuals. As an integrative dentist, I believe in looking beyond the surface symptoms and addressing the root causes of dental problems. In the case of teeth grinding, a holistic perspective is essential for comprehensive care.Here are some of the common root … Continued

Supporting Your Oral Microbiome

Maintaining a healthy oral microbiome is essential for overall well-being. Your oral health is intricately linked to various aspects of your body, and taking proactive steps can significantly contribute to a vibrant and balanced microbiome. Here are seven practices to support your oral microbiome and promote a healthier mouth. Scrape Your Tongue Twice a Day … Continued

CranioSacral Therapy for Treating TMJ

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is one tool in our arsenal of gentle approaches to treating TMJ. Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ) can be a painful and debilitating condition affecting the jaw joint and the muscles that control jaw movement. Every individual case of TMJ is unique with different underlying causes, but one thing the symptoms have in … Continued

Functional Frenuloplasty: A Comprehensive Overview

Functional frenuloplasty, an integrative approach to addressing tethered oral tissues, has become a cornerstone of success in contemporary practices that focus on whole health. The essence of this method lies in its ability to provide a thorough and effective release of oral tethers while incorporating a multidisciplinary protocol. This protocol seamlessly integrates myofunctional therapy, and … Continued

Functional Airway Evaluation: Screening Tool and How We Use It

A good night’s sleep is crucial for overall health and well-being, and disruptions in sleep patterns can have far-reaching consequences. Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) is a common issue that can affect people of all ages, leading to various health complications if left untreated. To address this concern, healthcare professionals and researchers have developed effective screening tools, … Continued

Stress and Oral Health

Stress is an inevitable part of life, and its effects can permeate various aspects of our well-being, including oral health. While many people associate stress with headaches and muscle tension, its impact on oral health is often overlooked. There are both direct and indirect effects of stress on oral health. Direct Impact on Oral Health … Continued

Integrative Approaches to TMJD Treatment: Addressing the Root Cause

Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJD) is a common condition that affects the jaw joint and muscles surrounding it, causing pain, discomfort, and restricted movement. While conventional approaches often focus on symptom management, integrative dentistry aims to address the root cause of the dysfunction, offering long-term solutions that promote overall well-being. Addressing the Root Cause TMJD symptoms … Continued

Preparing for Mercury Filling Removal: Four Vital Steps for a Safer Transition

More individuals are considering the removal of mercury fillings as the awareness of the health risks of mercury are increasing. However, the process of removing mercury fillings requires careful planning to minimize potential exposure and ensure a safe transition. Before scheduling an appointment with a SMART certified dentist, it’s essential to understand the process and … Continued

Red Light Therapy for Dental Healing

Red light therapy has gained widespread attention for its therapeutic applications in various medical fields. Also referred to as photobiomodulation or low-level light therapy, Red light therapy involves the dispersion of concentrated wavelengths of natural light onto the skin or mucosal lining of the mouth. This method aims to address various ailments by enhancing cellular … Continued

The Power of the Vagus Nerve and the Position of the Tongue

The vagus nerve is often referred to as the body’s longest parasympathetic cranial nerve and plays a pivotal role in regulating vital bodily functions. This multifaceted nerve is intricately linked to processes such as breathing, digestion, and relaxation, making it a key player in maintaining overall physiological balance. The vagus nerve, also known as the … Continued