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

What’s really causing my cavities?

Cavities have long been attributed to the consumption of sugary treats and poor oral hygiene. While these factors undoubtedly play a role, there’s a culprit beneath the surface that often goes unnoticed in mainstream discussions—the intricate interplay between bacteria and oral health. Embracing an integrative and biological dental standpoint allows us to delve deeper into … Continued

Minerals for Oral Health

Minerals play a critical role in both oral health and your overall health. Here are some key minerals you need to make sure you are getting to protect your teeth, but also to keep your body healthy as a whole. Calcium for Tooth Enamel Calcium is a building block for teeth, contributing to their structure … Continued

Why Do You Need to Remineralize Your Teeth?

Remineralization of teeth is crucial for overall oral health, and it can have broader implications for your general well-being. Here’s why remineralization of teeth is important: Prevents Tooth Decay Remineralization helps repair the enamel of your teeth, which is the protective outer layer. When enamel demineralizes due to acids produced by bacteria in your mouth, … Continued

Oral Appliances for Sleep Apnea

Sleep is essential for our overall well-being, yet millions of people around the world struggle with sleep disorders, particularly sleep-disordered breathing. These conditions, including snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), can have a significant impact on one’s quality of life and overall health. While traditional treatments often focus on continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines … 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

Nutrition’s Role in Dental AND Overall Wellness

Nutrition and diet play a crucial role in maintaining optimal oral health and overall well-being. As an integrative dental office, we believe that maintaining overall health and dental health requires looking at the foods we eat because the mouth is the gateway to the entire body and doesn’t exist as a separate entity from the … 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

An Integrative Approach to Oral Health

Santa Teresa Smiles is an Integrative Dental Office. But what is an integrative dentist? Integrative Dental Care approaches your oral health while considering your overall health. It considers the process and materials used as a part of the solution to helping your body heal. Also called Biological or Environmental dentists, we operate from a place … Continued