Enhancing Patient Outcomes with The Breathe Institute Affiliation

With the growing recognition of the intricate relationship between oral health and systemic health, dental practices are evolving to offer comprehensive solutions that address not just the symptoms but also the underlying causes of various dental and health issues. Here at Santa Teresa Smiles we stand at the forefront of this evolution as a proud … Continued


Photobiomodulation (PBM), also known as low-level laser therapy (LLLT) or cold laser therapy, is a non-invasive treatment that involves the use of low-level lasers or light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to stimulate tissue repair, reduce inflammation, and relieve pain. In our whole body approach to dentistry, one of the practices we incorporate is photobiomodulation which can induce … Continued

Progression of Sleep Disordered Breathing: From Low Tongue Posture to Sleep Apnea

Sleep is a cornerstone of our well-being, yet for many, it’s a battleground fraught with challenges. One such challenge is sleep-disordered breathing (SDB), a spectrum of conditions ranging from subtle disturbances to potentially life-threatening disorders. Understanding its progression is crucial for early intervention and prevention. In this post, we’ll explore the phases of SDB and … Continued

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