Integrative Dentistry: Muscle Function and Oral Health

Muscle function plays a crucial role in maintaining oral health, yet its significance often goes unnoticed in traditional dental care. Research highlights the connection between muscle function and various oral health conditions, including sleep-disordered breathing, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, malocclusion, and more. Understanding the role of muscle function in these conditions is essential for providing … Continued

Understanding the Vital Difference Between Airway and Airflow for Optimal Health

The terms “airway” and “airflow” are frequently used. While they might seem synonymous at first glance, they represent distinct aspects of our respiratory and oral anatomy, each playing crucial roles in our overall well-being. Understanding the difference between these two concepts is essential for comprehending their impact on health, particularly dental health. The difference between … Continued

The Importance of Tongue Brushing

While oral hygiene primarily focuses on the care of teeth and gums, the tongue often remains an overlooked player in the narrative of oral health. As a biological dental office, we know the importance that the whole body plays on our overall health, and the tongue is integral to both oral and overall health. The … Continued

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

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

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

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