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

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

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

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

TMJD Alignment: An Integrative Approach to Jaw Health

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJD) is a common condition affecting the jaw joint and surrounding muscles. TMJD can have a significant impact on a person’s overall health due to the interconnected nature of the jaw joint and its association with various bodily functions. Understanding TMJD Alignment Issues The temporomandibular joint connects the jawbone to the skull … Continued

The Power of Collaboration: Integrative Dentistry, Craniosacral Therapy, Osteopathy, and Myofunctional Therapy for Optimal Health

In recent years, healthcare has witnessed a paradigm shift towards a more integrative approach, emphasizing the interconnectedness of different bodily systems. One field where this biological perspective has been particularly influential is dentistry. Integrative dentistry combines traditional dental practices with therapies to provide a comprehensive approach to oral health. At Santa Teresa Smiles, we believe … Continued

Frenuloplasty—What is it and what should I expect?

A frenuloplasty is a surgical procedure that involves the modification or removal of the lingual frenulum, which is a small fold of tissue that connects the underside of the tongue to the floor of the mouth. A restriction of the lingual frenulum (tongue tie) restricts the movement of the tongue and can lead to a

Tongue Ties in Adults—What’s the big deal?

Most people think of children when they think of tongue ties and frenectomies. About 25% of children have a tongue tie. Likewise about 25% of adults also have a tongue tie. Myofunctional Therapy (Myo). Professional Myofunctional Therapists work with patients to help them change the way they use the muscles in and around their mouths. … Continued

What is Airway Dentistry?

You may have heard the term airway dentistry and not know what it means or why it’s being talked about. It is a relatively new topic that focuses on the structure, function and behaviors of the oral cavity (the bite and palate specifically). These areas are related to breathing, speaking, swallowing, and chewing. Airway dentistry … Continued