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Biological Wellness Dentistry

Biological wellness dentistry

Our bodies are complex and amazing works of art!  Our dentists and the WDH Team understand that not all dental materials are compatible with our bodies.  At WDH, we work to maximize our patient’s positive outcomes with dental materials while taking into consideration the necessity to minimize toxicity and immune reactivity.

Dental materials testing before dental restorative work is completed can provide some patients with peace of mind.

At WDH we offer resources for different dental materials testing options:

ELISA/ACT Biotechnologies REACTIVITY TESTING (LRA)

This test helps individually identify chemical groups and families of compounds that may pose a threat to the patient. Analyzing immune records of antibodies, systemic sensitivities are identified and cross-referenced with a database of dental materials. Our dentists will provide you with a blood serum draw prescription and paperwork. These items are taken to your physician or medical laboratory where your blood is drawn, appropriately packaged, and shipped.

(ELECTROACUPUNCTURE ACCORDING TO VOLL) OR EDS (ELECTODERMAL SCREENING)

A computer tests specific dental materials according to their compatibility with the acupuncture meridian system. The computer quantitatively measures any energetic flow disruption in your acupuncture meridians due to specific dental materials. For this type of testing, a Dental Materials Testing Kit is checked out from WDH to bring to your Holistic Health Care Provider. The EDS results are documented on the Dental Materials Testing Form and returned to our office for review.

APPLIED KINESIOLOGY/MUSCLE TESTING

This technique is based upon the activity of muscles and the relationship of muscle strength to health. Specific dental materials are placed within your electromagnetic field and your subsequent muscle strength or weakness is documented. For this type of testing, a Dental Materials Testing Kit is checked out from WDH to bring to your Holistic Health Care Provider. The AK results are documented on the Dental Materials Testing Form and returned to our office for review.

MEDICAL INTUITIVE

A medical intuitive is an Alternative Medicine Practitioner who uses self-described intuitive abilities to determine which dental materials are potentially the least reactive/disruptive to the individual physiology. Some practitioners require a Dental Materials Testing kit, some require only the Dental Materials List. The intuitive results are documented on the Dental Materials Testing Form and returned to our office for review.

 

No test or tester is infallible and some people choose to combine the results from more than one test. Others who are not concerned with possible reactions to dental materials choose to do no testing at all and instead use a material which has a statistically low reactivity in the general healthy population. WDH does not endorse or recommend any particular treatment, method or practitioner. Nor does she require biocompatibility testing before dental treatment. It is the patient’s personal choice on whether biocompatibility testing is appropriate and which testing method applies to the individual situation.

 

Dental anxiety

Do you have dental anxiety?  You are not alone!  At WDH, it is our goal to provide the most relaxing and enjoyable dental experience possible.

WDH offers the following dental anxiety relief options:

CELENITE WANDS

celenite helps to clear the aura/energy field. Our celenite wands have ground quartz crystals and essential oils which have additional calming and grounding effects

WEIGHTED BLANKETS

signal the autonomic nervous system to go into “rest and digest mode.”  The weighted blanket helps to stimulate the production of serotonin and endorphins which have calming and relaxing benefits.

RESCUE REMEDY FLOWER ESSENCE

transmits the energy or the vibrational nature of the flowers to you. This positive energy helps to heal past trauma and negativity, thereby reducing anxiety and stress

PILLOWS/BLANKETS

comfort can often times calm and reduce anxiety and stress

NITROUS OXIDE

inhaled through nose mask- creates a feeling of relaxation and reduction in anxiety levels for most people.

INTENTIONAL CLINIC SPACE DESIGN

incorporating the principles of Feng Shui and Vastu, our dental clinic has a welcoming and calming effect which aids in reducing anxiety while promoting healing and long-lasting wellness.

A COMPASSIONATE AND CARING DENTAL TEAM

Team WDH will help you feel welcomed, loved, cared for, safe, and calm.  We slow down and do everything we are able to establish trust and positive dental experiences.

PRIOR TO YOUR APPOINTMENT IN OUR OFFICE, YOU MAY ALSO CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING:

– Acupuncture/Acupressure: can work wonders in relieving stress and anxiety

– Chamomile Tea: contains Apigenin and Luteolin that aid in relaxation

– 1-3 grams of Omega-3s: can lower the stress chemicals in the body

– Lavender Oil: a few drops in a cup of boiling water can be inhaled or applied directly to your skin promoting relaxation

– L-lysine: building blocks to the brains neurotransmitters which can help reduce anxiety

– Sunshine for some Vitamin D

– No caffeine before your dental appointment, it can contribute to anxiety and shaking

 

The information provided is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of a qualified integrative physician. The products listed above have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  The information provided above is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, drug interactions or adverse effects, nor should it be construed to indicate that use of a particular product is safe, appropriate or effective for you or anyone else. A qualified integrative physician or other medical professional should be consulted before taking any natural product, changing your diet or commencing or discontinuing any course of treatment.

Dental x-rays

At WDH, we respect each patient’s choice to make informed healthcare. Therefore, dental xrays (radiographs) are always recommended on a custom and individualized basis only after the risks and benefits have been reviewed.

 

Standard recommendations have been made by the American Dental Association, the FDA, and many dental insurance companies. Because we are licensed by the State of Minnesota to provide dental treatment, we are obligated to simultaneously consider these recommendations while also honoring our patients’ individual needs and concerns.


DENTAL RADIOGRAPHS ARE IMPORTANT DIAGNOSTIC TOOLS WHICH ARE USED FOR MAKING TREATMENT DECISIONS. SOME OF THE MOST COMMON USES OF DENTAL RADIOGRAPHS:

  • Show areas of decay (cavities) that are not visible with an oral exam, especially between teeth
  • To identify decay occurring beneath existing restoration such as fillings, crowns, bridges, etc.
  • Reveal changes in the bone and/or bone loss that accompanies periodontitis (gum disease)
  • Assist in the preparation for treatment planning
  • Reveal abscesses (infection at the root of the tooth or between tooth and gum)
  • Reveal any abnormalities in the hard and/or soft tissues of the mouth (cysts, tumors, fibroma, etc)

 

We understand the concerns regarding ionizing radiation.  Therefore, our dentists individualize the dental radiograph recommendations to each patient’s needs and utilize digital radiography.

 

This type of dental radiograph is much more accurate and precise.  Digital radiographs use up to 90% less radiation as compared to traditional dental radiograph films.  Digital Radiography is also much more ecologically friendly, no hazardous fixer/ developer solutions or lead foil to dispose of.  Once the digital radiograph is taken, it is stored in an electronic file which can be easily transferred to other healthcare practitioners, reducing multiple unnecessary radiation exposures.

Be assured, our dentists only recommend dental radiographs to help prevent serious dental issues which can arise without symptoms and to diagnose and monitor progressive dental disease.

 

ECOFRIENDLY OFFICE PRACTICES

A large part of our WDH clinic mission is to be eco-conscious and the use of an electronic paperless patient management system greatly reduces our carbon footprint by saving trees, water, and energy. Here are a few of the many benefits of our paperless office for our patients and dental team members:


SECURITY

All computerized patient information is secured and locked when not in use. Our computer system is backed up in multiple ways and all information is securely stored as required by HIPPA and liability insurance.

EFFICIENCY

A paperless system streamlines workflow and communication among all aspects of a patient’s visit. With the use of laptops, information can be immediately reviewed, updated, and signed allowing continuity of care. The efficiency of an electronic patient record allows more time for individualized holistic care through relationship building, patient discussion, education, and treatment plan presentation.

ACCESSIBILITY

70% of our patients find us online. We do not promote our business through paper sources (paper publications, direct mail marketing, etc.). The WDH website provides an incredible amount of information and education eliminating the need for paper “hand-outs.”

CONSCIOUS CHOICES

95% of our patient and health care provider correspondence is via email or web-based telephone. If paper is required, we choose recycled paper products. We mindfully choose to use vendors who have minimal packaging, eco-friendly products and carbon offsets whenever possible.

ENERGETIC BENEFITS

The reduction of paper clutter keeps the Qi free flowing!

 

At WDH, acknowledging and reducing our use of paper preserves not only trees but ecosystems for all living beings as well.

 

Feng shui

At WDH, we provide assistance in restoring balance and harmony within our patient’s lives through natural oral health and whole body integrated wellness. A fundamental philosophy we embrace in our dental practice is providing the body and spirit a safe nurturing environment which honors the Earth and supports connection and healing.

 

Geomantic Science or Feng Shui, an ancient Chinese natural science, is a discipline of understanding the innate wisdom of the Earth and how to live in harmony with it by properly orienting, designing and decorating the spaces we occupy. Feng Shui utilizes balanced natural elements to bring about health and harmony.  We hope you find our clinic space supports you and perhaps even inspires a curiosity for you to explore the intentional harmony of Feng Shui more intimately in your own life experience and the spaces you occupy.

Fluoride free

The sources of human exposure to fluoride have increased significantly in the past 50 years.  Fluoride is now found in community drinking water, processed foods, baby formula, air, soil, pesticides, fertilizers, dental products, pharmaceutical drugs, cookware, clothing, carpeting, and an array of other consumer items used on a regular basis. Because of this chronic daily exposure to fluoride, fluoride toxicity has been on the rise.  Examples of health risks which have been scientifically linked to fluoride toxicity include cognitive defects, lower IQ, neurotoxic effects including ADHD, osteoarthritis, osteosarcoma, skeletal fluorosis, dental fluorosis, thyroid dysfunction, and many other chronic diseases.

 

At WDH, we do not advocate for the use of fluoride as a tool to fight tooth decay. Although the American Dental Association promotes the use of fluoride in many different forms, Our dentists do not find enough relevant scientific evidence to prove the use of fluoride in the form of in-office fluoride treatments or fluoride containing dental products to be 100% safe and effective. In fact, most of the current science points to the serious health risks associated with chronic low dose exposure to fluoride.

 

On the brighter side, there are a myriad of natural alternatives to fluoride that effectively reduce cavities and re-mineralize damaged enamel.  Below are our top fluoride free suggestions for healthy teeth:

 

  1. Eat a healthy, whole food, organic diet with lots of mineral rich vegetables
  2. Keep your gut healthy and balanced
  3. Drink lots of clean, filtered water
    -If using reverse osmosis filtration systems, be sure to add bioavailable minerals back in
  4. Practice good oral hygiene
    -proper brushing, flossing, and use of oral irrigator
  5. Come in as recommended for your WDH Wellness Visits
  6. Use dental products that contain xylitol, calcium carbonate, bentonite clay, silica, oral probiotics and prebiotics

For more information, including scientific research, please visit IAOMT

More interesting information can be found here:  Fluoride Fact Sheet

Holistic hygiene

The WDH Holistic Hygiene Team is in a class all by itself. We are not your average “one size fits all” office for regular Hygiene visits and here is why! 

INDIVIDUALIZED PATIENT CARE

We take patient care and health to another level by meeting you exactly where you are on your personal health journey and serving as advocates for your well-being. We provide customized homecare programs aligned with your specific values and needs.

PERSONALIZED PATIENT CARE

The WDH Team cares about YOU! We take time to develop trust and relationship. We listen and help you make decisions regarding your health and wellness that are in alignment with YOUR values. YOU are important to us and we think of each of our patients individually as family and collectively as a community.

HOLISTIC KNOWLEDGE

Together our team has many decades of experience in holistic knowledge and wellness care. We serve our amazing community of patients by sharing resources and information on natural options to conventional dental treatment and products.

ECOFRIENDLY

Dr. Tara Mehtab Kaur built our office with a strong commitment to be ecologically conscious: recycled flooring, reclaimed wood, no VOC paint and adhesives, DIRTT wall partitions, plants for natural detoxification of the air, natural light from windows, on-site filtered water, energy star computers and office equipment, electronic patient records, digital radiographs, LED lighting, limited disposables, mercury vapor vacuum, non-toxic sterilization solutions, and many other amazing earth friendly items and procedures. The WDH Team makes daily choices to conserve energy, conserve water, reduce waste, and limit our carbon footprint.

ANXIETY OPTIONS

Our clinic has been designed intentionally utilizing Feng Shui and Vastu principles to create a welcoming and calming effect as soon as you walk through our front door. We also offer complementary natural options to help reduce dental anxiety including celenite wands, weighted blankets, Rescue Remedy flower essence, soft pillows and blankets. If desired, we also provide the option of nitrous oxide.

DENTAL EXAM BY OUR DENTISTS

Our dentists are experts in patient centered care encompassing the whole body and not just the mouth. They focus on promoting a holistic approach to wellness and empowering the patient to make decisions on their health.

ORAL CANCER SCREENING

132 people are diagnosed with oral cancer each day in the USA. A regular oral cancer screening is an important part of the dental examination and an important routine procedure which can detect oral cancer in its early stages which can reduce the severity of treatment and increase life span.

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING

Each appointment in our office begins with a blood pressure screening. Blood pressure is a major indicator in overall health. Hypertension (high blood pressure) can go undetected for long periods of time without presenting any overt symptoms. However, the chronic inflammation associated with high blood pressure silently creates damage to organ systems, cardiovascular health and whole-body wellness. Becoming aware of changes in your blood pressure early can prevent future major health challenges and chronic illness.

MEDICATION AND SUPPLEMENT REVIEW

Pharmaceutical medications and nutritional supplements can manifest side-effects in the mouth, as well as the entire body. We go through all medication and supplement at each visit, review possible side effects, and offer an extensive resource list of integrative wellness practitioners to help guide our patients towards improved wellness and reduced oral side-effects.

INDIVIDUALIZED X-RAY RECALLS

We take radiation very seriously and only take dental x-rays when they are necessary for diagnosing. In our office, your interval between x-rays is customized based upon your individual needs. After receiving dental x-rays, we offer natural options to help mitigate radiation exposure such as flower essences, homeopathic remedies, and nutritional supplements.

PERIODONTAL ASSESSMENT

A periodontal assessment is an important part of your holistic hygiene visit. We evaluate the health of your gum tissues and the bone which supports the teeth. An individualized home care routine is then created specifically for YOU to assist in the maintenance of healthy teeth, gums and oral wellness.

NON-SURGICAL APPROACHES TO PERIODONTAL DISEASE

We utilize Laser Assisted Periodontal Therapy in conjunction with natural antimicrobial agents (clove, myrrh, tea tree, iodine, calendula, echinacea, plantain, neem, nutritional supplements, vitamins, minerals, etc.) to address the microbial component to periodontal disease. And we don’t stop there. We understand the whole body connection with Periodontal Disease and have a large network of integrative health care practitioners whom we work closely with to ensure we are getting to the cause of the imbalance and creating an integrative path back to stability and health.

PEIZO-ELECTRIC ULTRASONIC CLEANERS

Our ultrasonic cleaner aids in more efficient and less traumatic bacteria removal. It also makes quick business of removing hard deposits (tartar) and stain.

NATURAL AND SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTS

All products we use in our office are fluoride free and naturally derived.

For your dental cleaning, we use Pumice Preppies
– a tooth polishing paste made from crushed lava rock. It is loaded with amazing minerals that help remove surface stain and mineralize the tooth structure.

Complimentary Preserve toothbrushes

– fabricated from recycled materials. If you bring your environmentally friendly Preserve toothbrush back to us at your next dental cleaning appointment, we recycle it again! This is yet another way we reduce our carbon foot print.

Radius Floss Sachets

– this dental floss is 100% biodegradable. There are no glutens, preservatives, artificial sweeteners, GMOs, unnatural coloring, phthalates, parabens, or any other harmful additives. The two flavors are cranberry, which is known for its antibacterial properties, and natural mint tea tree, a known antiseptic. Additionally, there is a hint of birch bark xylitol, which is proven to reduce acidity and prevent bacteria in the mouth.

 

We are so grateful to YOU for trusting us with your oral health care and look forward to seeing your SMILE soon!

 

Holistic periodontal therapies

At WDH, we apply a non-surgical and non-invasive approach to identifying and treating Periodontal Disease. This is accomplished through our individualized holistic periodontal therapy which includes:

ULTRASONIC AND LASER THERAPIES:

remove bacteria, calculus and diseased tissues

HOLISTIC KNOWLEDGE

Our team has experience in holistic wellness care

HERBS AND SUPPLEMENTS:

promote healthy bone and gum tissue as well as immune function

PERSONALIZED HOME CARE AND EDUCATION:

collaboration to create best possible outcome

INTEGRATED CARE:

We work together with your primary healthcare provider(s) to assist in diagnosing and correcting imbalances in pH levels, mineral absorption, hormonal cascade, adrenal function, nutritional deficiencies, etc.

 

Periodontal disease is an active progressive process. It begins when bacteria build up under the gum line. This bacterial infection triggers the immune system and the body’s inflammatory response activates. When the body’s immune system is overcome by the growing bacteria levels and inflammation, a toxic threshold limit is met and the infectious state of the disease begins. Active periodontal disease affects the ligament, connective tissue and bone which surround and anchor the teeth in place.  As periodontal disease continues to progress, the teeth become loose and may ultimately need to be removed. The disease-causing bacteria and the toxins created by these bacteria easily enter the blood stream and from there the entire body. Periodontal Disease has been scientifically proven to be a contributing factor in heart disease, stroke, diabetes and low birth weight.

 

Our goal at WDH is to find the cause of the disease progression, stop the infection, and help return you to health and vitality. At WDH, we believe in taking a holistic approach to patient care. Each visit with our innovative dental hygiene team allows for a thorough assessment including dental history, medical history, review of medications and supplements, and lifestyle analysis. These holistic assessments allow for identification and diagnosis of imbalance and disease. We go beneath the symptom to reveal the cause. This guides us in establishing the best approach in our treatment plan to help you achieve optimal health and wellbeing.

 

Our commitment is to provide you with patient centered holistic periodontal therapy and we are honored to be a part of your wellness team!

 

Holistic wellness dentistry

WDH Mission Statement:  We are dental wellness experts providing innovative patient-centered biological dentistry and holistic approaches to health.  We are committed to illuminating the many paths to wellness through educating and empowering ourselves, our patients, our communities, and our world.

 

Oral health is not limited to your mouth. Our dentists and the WDH Team see you as a whole person enlisting your body, mind, and spirit to the care and maintenance of your mouth. At WDH, we use natural therapies where possible and develop individualized dental procedures and protocols for each of our patients. Our dentists, and the WDH Team provide exceptional dental wellness care by offering precision dental treatments, customized home-care programs, and innovative perspectives which assist you in upgrading your overall health and well-being.

 

Team WDH cares about YOU! We take time to develop trust and relationship. We listen and help you make decisions regarding your health and wellness that are in alignment with YOUR values. YOU are important to us and we think of each of our patients individually as family and collectively as a community.

 

We provide holistic wellness dental care to transform your dental experiences into opportunities for enhanced health, self rejuvenation, and healing. When your mouth is healthy, YOU are healthy.

 

Hydration and oral health

Water is the main constituent of the human body, comprising approximately 55% of total body weight. Adequate hydration is important for proper functioning of the brain, digestive tract, heart, kidneys, muscles and joints, saliva, skin, and temperature regulation. A properly hydrated body is more effective in transporting carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and other important nutrients and oxygen to the cells which in turn produce energy for optimal whole-body function. Furthermore, hydration facilitates the disposal of the waste products of metabolism and helps to regulate body temperature by redistributing heat from active tissues to the skin, cooling the body through perspiration.

HOW MUCH WATER SHOULD YOU DRINK A DAY?

The Institute of Medicine, an independent and non-profit scientific organization, states men aged 19 and over should generally take in at least 15 cups a day and women, 11 cups a day. These amounts include the water consumed in food and non-water beverages.

Jodi Stookey, a nutrition epidemiologist and hydration researcher at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute, encourages watching the color of your urine. If the urine is yellow in color, it generally means your cells are shrinking and need more hydration. Proper hydration should result in a very light-colored or even clear urine.

HEALTHY SALIVA
  • Helps with the formation of sounds in speech
  • Has anti-fungal properties
  • Helps to destroy viruses
  • Neutralizes the acids produced by plaque
  • Contains phosphorus and calcium. These substances are vital to the ongoing process of remineralization: rebuilding of tooth enamel
  • Moistens food, which enables comfortable swallowing
  • Contains enzymes which begin to break down food for proper digestion

The mouth is the gateway to the body and is often one of the first places where dehydration symptoms manifest. Paying attention to the signs your body is sending you may be helpful in making small changes (ie, drinking more water, more frequently) that can have big effects. One of the biggest symptoms of dehydration is xerostomia or dry mouth. The mouth becomes dry when the flow of saliva is reduced. Healthy saliva flow is imperative for good oral health.


ORAL DEHYDRATION SYMPTOMS:
  • Dry mouth (xerostomia) and lips
  • Bad breath (halitosis)
  • Saliva that feels thick or stringy
  • Rough, dry tongue
  • Gingivitis (red, swollen gums that bleed with flossing)
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing food
  • Inflammation of the tongue (glossitis)
  • Angular Cheilitis – cracks in corners of mouth
  • Susceptibility to fungal infections in mouth
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Higher rate of tooth decay
  • A prickly, burning sensation in the mouth
  • Difficulty wearing dentures/loose dentures/orthodontic retainers/oral appliances

Remember the importance of drinking clean, alkaline, structured water which has naturally derived minerals. Along with drinking water, eating more organic fruits and vegetables which are high in water content can also assist in staying properly hydrated.

MERCURY AMALGAM FILLING REMOVAL

As a licensed dentists in the state of Minnesota, our dentists are able to engage with patients in education regarding controversial dental procedures and guide each patient through the informed consent process. Although our dentists are unable to recommend dental mercury amalgam removal unless there is a defect in your existing mercury amalgam filling, pathology in your tooth surrounding the mercury amalgam filling, and/or an acute allergic response to the mercury amalgam itself, YOU have the right to make decisions regarding your body and the health care you wish to receive.

CONSULTATION APPOINTMENT

– Offer both sides of controversial dental procedures

– Help you become familiar with differing philosophies in relation to dental materials and procedures

– Discuss the risks, benefits, advantages, disadvantages and costs of all treatment options (including no treatment) and replacement materials

– Recommend a medical consultation with a physician should you believe your dental mercury amalgam fillings are contributing to acute or chronic health challenges

– Review the WDH Informed Consent for Non-Standard Dental Treatment and ensure you understand  all options and risks before moving forward with mercury amalgam filling removal

 

Once you understand the information reviewed in the consultation appointment and sign our informed consent for non-standard dental treatment, Our Dentists can ethically and legally commence with your dental revision. Our dentists are SMART Certified in the safe removal of mercury amalgam restorations.

IAOMT SMART (SAFE MERCURY AMALGAM REMOVAL TECHNIQUE) PROTOCOL FOR PATIENT PROTECTION

Slurry of charcoal or chlorella for patient to rinse and swallow before procedure
– Binds heavy metals (mercury)

Full body, impermeable barrier
– Protection from aerosols and particulates

Full head/face and neck barrier under and around rubber dam
– Protection from aerosols and particulates

External oxygen via nasal mask
– Protection from inhalation of mercury vapor
– Supports immune system

Non-latex rubber dam properly placed and sealed
– Physical barrier to protect against swallowing or ingesting amalgam filling debris

Saliva ejector placed under rubber dam
– Assists in mercury vapor removal

Mercury vapor vacuum placed in close proximity to patient mouth
– Assists in mercury vapor removal

Copious amounts of water to reduce heat
– Assists in reduction of mercury vapor released from fillings

High speed evacuation
– Assists in mercury vapor, aerosol and particulate removal

Section amalgam into “chunks”
– Decreases mercury vapor release from filling

Post procedure- thorough rinse and rinse, swallow slurry of charcoal or chlorella
– Binds heavy metals (mercury)

 

It is recommended that you remember to drink copious amounts of water, take appropriate supplements, and eat a diet high in fiber to aid in maintaining open detoxification pathways before and after the dental appointment.

 

DO NOT TAKE ANY ORAL VITAMIN C on the day of the dental visit if you will be receiving local anesthetic (novacaine). Vitamin C has the ability to drastically reduce the effectiveness of the anesthetic making it necessary to use an extra amount, or to wait extra time before it becomes effective. If desired, oral vitamin C can be taken after the dental visit is completed.

Meridian Tooth Chart

 

Ozone
WHAT IS OZONE?

Ozone is a powerful, naturally occurring oxidative agent.  Ozone is formed by applying energy to the two-atom oxygen molecule (O2) creating the more active three-atom ozone molecule (O3).

 

Ozone is used extensively to decontaminate food, water, and medical supplies. Ozone has a long track record as a safe and effective decontaminant of drinking water. It has scientifically shown a greater disinfection effectiveness against bacteria, viruses, and fungus when compared to chlorination.

 

Our immune system also creates ozone to destroy infections. Special cells in our bodies, called macrophages, hold ozone which is then released into bacterial, fungal, and viral infections to destroy them. Human cells in the midst of macrophage activity are protected by an enzyme (superoxide dismutase) which deactivates the ozone which may come into contact with our healthy cells.

HOW DOES OZONE REACT AND DECONTAMINATE?

Ozone is a reactive gas that destroys bacteria, fungus, and viruses. The destruction is carried out by oxidation which dissolves proteins and lipid barriers. Therefore, unlike other disinfection technologies that leave toxic residues and have difficulty penetrating biofilms, ozone will dissolve the bacteria and viruses into benign waste products like carbon dioxide, two-atom oxygen, and water. Ozone has a very short half-life of about 20 minutes before it returns to oxygen in an open system.

UNDERSTANING OZONE SAFETY

Naturally, ozone exists in the air we breathe at a varying concentration (0.01-0.08 ppm)1. However, at high concentrations with prolonged exposure, ozone is hazardous to the lungs.

 

At WDH, ozone related procedures are performed in isolated, closed systems, and conducted at low concentrations for short periods of time. Please be assured that your airway will not be exposed to ozone at any level above what is found naturally in the you normally breathe. If we are using ozone gas during a dental procedure, we review the procedure and protective protocols with you, answer any questions you may have, obtain informed consent, and ensure your safety through the use of specialized equipment and protective protocols.

HOW WDH SAFELY USES OZONE TO CLEANSE ORAL INFECTIONS

At WDH, our mission is to provide dental care which has a beneficial impact on the whole body. Bacterial infections of the mouth have whole-body consequences of increased inflammation as well as localized tissue destruction. To combat these infections, oral antibiotics are often prescribed, but there are consequences to the healthy bacteria of the body when these medications are given.

 

Localized placement of ozone gas in contact with bacterial infection has shown a disinfection capacity equal to, or better than treatment with oral antibiotics3,4,5,6,7,8,9.  Therefore, we offer our patients the choice to irrigate an oral infection with a mildly concentrated ozone gas. When ozone irrigation is occurring, you and Team WDH are kept from inhaling the additional ozone through the use of specialized equipment including high-speed suction isolation and barriers.

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ROOT CANALS

WHY HAS A DENTIST RECOMMENDED A ROOT CANAL FOR MY TOOTH?

When a tooth dies, it becomes infected with bacteria. This can happen due to a cavity, a crack in the tooth or root of the tooth , current or previous trauma to the tooth, previous dental treatment, or for no apparent reason at all. If a dead tooth is left untreated, infection, pain, swelling, bone loss, and in extreme cases serious health challenges can occur.  A dead tooth can present with a variety of different symptoms ranging from “asymptomatic” with no pain or symptoms to extremely painful, or the infection can drain creating an abscess or pimple on the gum.  In all of these presentations, bone loss, systemic circulation of bacterial toxins and up-regulation of the immune system occurs.  Currently, there are two treatment options for a dead or dying tooth:

ROOT CANAL THERAPY (RCT)

– Involves removing the nerve, blood vessels, and lymph tissue from within the tooth and then sealing the empty chamber

– The integrity of the tooth structure is usually compromised therefore, a crown is typically placed over the remaining tooth structure

– Root Canal Therapy (RCT) is recognized by the American Dental Association to be the conventional standard of care for a dead or dying tooth.

– It is estimated that 14 million root canals are performed every year by general dentists and Endodontic Specialists

TOOTH EXTRACTION:

– The infected tooth s removed

– Our Dentists also recommend having the periodontal ligament removed and treatment with ozone after the tooth is removed

– Once the extraction site is healed, tooth replacement (removable partial denture, bridge, dental implant) can begin

A holistic approach to dentistry avoids root canals whenever possible. Although a healthy diet, wellness lifestyle, and strong immune system may allow you to tolerate a root canal tooth, this tooth represents a possible stress on the immune system which can manifest in many unhealthy ways throughout the body. If a root canal is the only treatment available to save a tooth, our dentists will provide education in relation to what a root canal is, the possible consequences of living with a root canal tooth, and alternatives to root canal.

SMART CERTIFICATION

WDH IS SMART CERTIFIED!

 

The Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique (SMART) was developed by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) for reducing the potential negative health risks associated with the removal of existing dental mercury amalgam fillings. The SMART Certification serves to assist in reducing mercury exposure to patients and dental professionals.

 

Through the SMART Certification, Our dentists completed coursework related to mercury and the safe removal of amalgam fillings. The SMART Certification training program included two modules of scientific readings, online learning videos, examinations, the application of rigorous safety measures and the utilization of specific equipment.

 

The entire WDH Team has been trained in the SMART recommendations and we are qualified and ready to support you in safe mercury amalgam removal.

 

IAOMT SMART (SAFE MERCURY AMALGAM FILLING REMOVAL TECHNIQUE) PROTOCOLS
Patient Protection

Slurry of charcoal or chlorella for patient to rinse and swallow before procedure
– Binds heavy metals (mercury)

Full body, impermeable barrier
Protection from aerosols and particulates

Full head/face and neck barrier under and around rubber dam
– Protection from aerosols and particulates

External oxygen via nasal mask
– Protection from inhalation of mercury vapor
– Supports immune system

Non-latex rubber dam properly placed and sealed
– Physical barrier to protect against swallowing or ingesting amalgam filling debris

Mercury vapor vacuum placed in close proximity to patient mouth
– Assists in mercury vapor removal

Copious amounts of water to reduce heat
– Assists in reduction of mercury vapor released from fillings

High speed evacuation
– Assists in mercury vapor, aerosol and particulate removal

Section mercury amalgam filling into “chunks”
– Decreases mercury vapor release from filling

Post procedure thorough rinse and swallow slurry of charcoal or chlorella
– Binds heavy metals (mercury) for elimination

Dentist/Assistant Protection

Protective gowns
– Protection from mercury aerosols, particulates and vapor

Non-latex gloves
– Protection from mercury aerosols, particulates and vapor

Face shields and hair/head coverings
– Protection from mercury aerosols, particulates and vapor

Respiratory grade mask- positive pressure
– Protection from mercury aerosols, particulates and vapor

Office and Environment

Amalgam separator
– Separates mercury amalgam out of wastewater for proper disposal

High volume air filtration system
– Removes mercury vapor, aerosols and particulates from ambient office airr

Compliance with federal, state, and local regulations
– Addresses the proper handling, cleaning and disposal of mercury-contaminated components, clothing, equipment, room surfaces in the dental office

SPECIAL ATTENTION:  drink copious amounts of water, take appropriate supplements, and eat a diet high in fiber to aid in maintaining open detoxification pathways before and after the dental appointment.

DO NOT TAKE ANY ORAL VITAMIN C 48 hours prior to your dental appointments. Vitamin C has the ability to drastically reduce the effectiveness of dental local anesthetics (novocaine) making it necessary to use more, or to wait extra time before it becomes effective. If desired, oral vitamin C can be taken after the dental visit is completed, this will help dissipate the anesthetic, enabling it to wear off faster.

 

For more information on SMART Certification:
www.iaomt.org
www.thesmartchoice.com

Holistic Hygiene and Periodontal Therapies

Calcium bentonite clay
CALCIUM BENTONITE CLAY

Calcium bentonite clay is a safe to use re-mineralizing agent. The clay contributes to a more alkaline pH in the mouth and releases calcium when mixed with salvia. These properties help to repair damaged enamel and prevent dental cavities

Suggested use:

  1. Apply directly to teeth along the gumline and the cheeks after brushing.
  2. Coat your fingertip with clay and apply to each side of the mouth, do not rinse, and leave on teeth/tissues overnight.
  3. Add the clay to your existing toothpaste. The clay may be sprinkled on top of your toothpaste or mixed in to your existing toothpaste.

 

Canker sores

Canker sores (apthous ulcers) usually appear as a red lesion with a white or yellow center on the inside of the cheeks, lips, tongue, and/or base of the gums. Symptoms can include burning sensation, pain, inflammation, fever, and swollen lymph nodes. Canker sores are not contagious and usually go away on their own within 1-2 weeks.

POSSIBLE CAUSES OF CANKER SORES

Local chemical or physical trauma

Stress

Allergies/food sensitivities

Canker sore lesions have been found to contain increased serum antibodies to food antigens which suggest that an allergic reaction is involved. Canker sore lesions also contain higher levels of allergic antibodies (IgE) and white blood cells. Considerable evidence indicates sensitivity to gluten is associated with canker sores. Patients with celiac disease saw a complete remission from withdrawing gluten from their diet.

Non-food allergens

Benzoic acid, cinnamaldehyde, nickel, parabens, dichromate, sorbic acid

Nutrient Deficiency

Studies show that nutrient deficiencies are much more common in canker sore sufferers. Low nutrient status may explain why patients with canker sores have an impaired antioxidant defense system, leading to higher levels of free radicals and damaged fats in the blood. Common nutrient deficiencies include: thiamine, iron, folate, vitamin B12.

Sodium lauryl sulfate

Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is a commonly used ingredient in oral health products that can cause canker sores. Sodium lauryl sulfate may also be a carcinogen, and may cause irritation of the skin and eyes, organ toxicity, developmental and reproductive toxicity, neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption, ecotoxicology, and biochemical or cellular changes, and possible mutations and cancer.

AT HOME CARE FOR CANKER SORES

Bee propolis

Researchers have identified more than 300 compounds in Propolis, the majority being polyphenols, which are antioxidants that fight disease and damage in the body.  Propolis is thought to have antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties.  Applied to cold sores 3x/day helps them heal faster and also helps protect against future outbreaks

Deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL)

200mg powdered DGL dissolved in 200ml of warm water; swish for 1-2 minutes

Alkaline salt water rinse

One teaspoon of baking soda, and one teaspoon salt (Celtic sea salt/ or Himalayan salt) in a glass warm water.

ake a sip and swish it all around the mouth for one minute. Repeat until all of the water is gone. Repeat three times daily.

Acidophilus capsules

Break the capsules and apply directly to canker sores. Although canker sores are not caused by a bacterial infection, they can become infected by bacteria. Acidophilus provides “friendly” bacteria that compete with infectious bacteria.

Black tea bag

Place a wet tea bag directly on canker sore for 5 minutes, repeat as needed. Black tea contains tannic acid, an astringent that helps reduce pain and inflammation and speeds up the healing process.

Goldenseal herbal extract rinse

½ dropper into 4 ounces of water. Take a sip and swish it all around the mouth for one minute. Repeat until gone. Repeat three times daily.

Myrrh herbal extract rinse

5 drops into 1/4 cup of warm water. Take a sip and swish it all around the mouth for one minute. Repeat until all of the water is gone. Repeat three times daily.

**Seek the care if any mouth sore does not resolve within 2 weeks**

References:

  1. The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine Third edition by Michael T. Murray, N.D. and Joseph Pizzorno, ND
  2. Prescription for Herbal Healing by Phyllis A. Balch, CNC
  3. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/07/13/sodium-lauryl-sulfate.aspx

The information provided is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of a qualified integrative physician. The products listed above have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  The information provided above is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, drug interactions or adverse effects, nor should it be construed to indicate that use of a particular product is safe, appropriate or effective for you or anyone else. A qualified integrative physician or other medical professional should be consulted before taking any natural product, changing your diet or commencing or discontinuing any course of treatment.

Dental lasers

The power of Light can be used to disinfect, heal, rejuvenate, and renew in many ways.  At WDH, we are in tune with the incredible opportunities different wavelengths of light provide for oral health and healing.  Let’s briefly review how laser use is integrated into our wellness procedures at WDH.

Diode Laser Therapies

LASER BACTERIAL REDUCTION (LBR)

The mouth (like the gut) is populated with beneficial (good) and pathogenic (bad) bacteria.  During a dental cleaning, there is opportunity for pathogenic bacteria to enter the bloodstream and travel to vulnerable structures/organs within the body activating an immune response.  With LBR, the majority of the pathogenic bacteria is eliminated, greatly reducing immune system strain, and making the cleaning safer from a whole-body perspective.  LBR can benefit anyone, takes 3-5 minutes to complete, and can be performed at any regular dental cleaning appointment.

LASER ASSISTED PERIODONTAL THERAPY (LAPT)

LAPT is used in the presence of Periodontal Disease along with scaling and root planning procedures.  The laser is focused into infected periodontal tissue pockets, eliminating pathogenic bacteria and removing dead tissue.  LAPT leaves healthy tissues intact, promotes periodontal tissue pocket reduction and re-attachment of loose periodontal tissues, reduction in post-operative pain, and faster healing time.  We have seen LAPT eliminate the need for periodontal surgery and/or antibiotic use in many patients.  LAPT takes about 15 minutes per quadrant and can be done several times throughout the course of periodontal treatment.

MYALGIA (MUSCLE AND TMJ PAIN MANAGEMENT TREATMENTS)

A specific setting on the laser can be used to reduce swelling and inflammation in the muscles that support the jaw as well as the jaw joint itself.  The procedure is painless, takes 2-5 minutes, and can reduce the painful symptoms associated with inflammation immediately.

LASER TOOTH WHITENING

An in-office tooth whitening procedure is greatly enhanced when used in conjunction with laser activation.  Laser tooth whitening yields fast tooth shade changes with reduced tooth sensitivity.

COLD AND CANKER SORE TREATMENTS

Laser therapy has antimicrobial properties which can deactivate viral infections like oral herpes.  The laser therapy also assists in reducing inflammation, pain, and healing time for most oral lesions.

Infrared Laser Therapies

BACTERIAL DISINFECTION

During your dental restorative procedures, the infrared laser is used to disinfect the tooth surface before any dental restoration is placed.  This simple laser treatment which takes 20 seconds greatly enhances the longevity of the dental restoration as well as reducing post-operative sensitivity in the tooth/teeth.

WOUND HEALING

A simple 1-minute laser treatment after a tooth has been removed or any other oral surgical procedure has been completed can significantly reduce bruising, infection, swelling, pain, and healing time.

MYALGIA (MUSCLE) AND TMJ PAIN MANAGEMENT TREATMENTS

The infrared laser can also be used to reduce swelling and inflammation in the muscles that support the jaw as well as the jaw joint itself.  The procedure is painless, takes 2-5 minutes, and can reduce the painful symptoms associated with inflammation immediately.

 

Lasers are invaluable tools at WDH. The proper use of laser treatment during your dental cleanings and dental procedures promotes precision dental medicine as laser treatment is less invasive, more localized, and leads to faster healing time with less discomfort.  Ask us how YOU might benefit from a laser treatment at your next cleaning appointment, we look forward to seeing you soon!

Fluoride free

The sources of human exposure to fluoride have increased significantly in the past 50 years.  Fluoride is now found in community drinking water, processed foods, baby formula, air, soil, pesticides, fertilizers, dental products, pharmaceutical drugs, cookware, clothing, carpeting, and an array of other consumer items used on a regular basis. Because of this chronic daily exposure to fluoride, fluoride toxicity has been on the rise.  Examples of health risks which have been scientifically linked to fluoride toxicity include cognitive defects, lower IQ, neurotoxic effects including ADHD, osteoarthritis, osteosarcoma, skeletal fluorosis, dental fluorosis, thyroid dysfunction, and many other chronic diseases.

 

At WDH, we do not advocate for the use of fluoride as a tool to fight tooth decay. Although the American Dental Association promotes the use of fluoride in many different forms, Our dentists do not find enough relevant scientific evidence to prove the use of fluoride in the form of in-office fluoride treatments or fluoride containing dental products to be 100% safe and effective. In fact, most of the current science points to the serious health risks associated with chronic low dose exposure to fluoride.

 

On the brighter side, there are a myriad of natural alternatives to fluoride that effectively reduce cavities and re-mineralize damaged enamel.  Below are our top fluoride free suggestions for healthy teeth:

 

  1. Eat a healthy, whole food, organic diet with lots of mineral rich vegetables
  2. Keep your gut healthy and balanced
  3. Drink lots of clean, filtered water
    -If using reverse osmosis filtration systems, be sure to add bioavailable minerals back in
  4. Practice good oral hygiene
    -proper brushing, flossing, and use of oral irrigator
  5. Come in as recommended for your WDH Wellness Visits
  6. Use dental products that contain xylitol, calcium carbonate, bentonite clay, silica, oral probiotics and prebiotics

For more information, including scientific research, please visit IAOMT

More interesting information on fluoride can be found here: Fluoride Fact Sheet

Holistic hygiene

The WDH Holistic Hygiene Team is in a class all by itself. We are not your average “one size fits all” office for regular Hygiene visits and here is why! 

INDIVIDUALIZED PATIENT CARE

We take patient care and health to another level by meeting you exactly where you are on your personal health journey and serving as advocates for your well-being. We provide customized homecare programs aligned with your specific values and needs.

PERSONALIZED PATIENT CARE

The WDH Team cares about YOU! We take time to develop trust and relationship. We listen and help you make decisions regarding your health and wellness that are in alignment with YOUR values. YOU are important to us and we think of each of our patients individually as family and collectively as a community.

HOLISTIC KNOWLEDGE

Together our team has many decades of experience in holistic knowledge and wellness care. We serve our amazing community of patients by sharing resources and information on natural options to conventional dental treatment and products.

ECOFRIENDLY

Dr. Kaur built our office with a strong commitment to be ecologically conscious: recycled flooring, reclaimed wood, no VOC paint and adhesives, DIRTT wall partitions, plants for natural detoxification of the air, natural light from windows, on-site filtered water, energy star computers and office equipment, electronic patient records, digital radiographs, LED lighting, limited disposables, mercury vapor vacuum, non-toxic sterilization solutions, and many other amazing earth friendly items and procedures. The WDH Team makes daily choices to conserve energy, conserve water, reduce waste, and limit our carbon footprint.

ANXIETY OPTIONS

Our clinic has been designed intentionally utilizing Feng Shui and Vastu principles to create a welcoming and calming effect as soon as you walk through our front door. We also offer complementary natural options to help reduce dental anxiety including celenite wands, weighted blankets, Rescue Remedy flower essence, soft pillows and blankets. If desired, we also provide the option of nitrous oxide.

DENTAL EXAM

Our dentists are experts in patient centered care encompassing the whole body and not just the mouth. They focus on promoting a holistic approach to wellness and empowering the patient to make decisions on their health.

ORAL CANCER SCREENING

132 people are diagnosed with oral cancer each day in the USA. A regular oral cancer screening is an important part of the dental examination and an important routine procedure which can detect oral cancer in its early stages which can reduce the severity of treatment and increase life span.

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING

Each appointment in our office begins with a blood pressure screening. Blood pressure is a major indicator in overall health. Hypertension (high blood pressure) can go undetected for long periods of time without presenting any overt symptoms. However, the chronic inflammation associated with high blood pressure silently creates damage to organ systems, cardiovascular health and whole-body wellness. Becoming aware of changes in your blood pressure early can prevent future major health challenges and chronic illness.

MEDICATION AND SUPPLEMENT REVIEW

Pharmaceutical medications and nutritional supplements can manifest side-effects in the mouth, as well as the entire body. We go through all medication and supplement at each visit, review possible side effects, and offer an extensive resource list of integrative wellness practitioners to help guide our patients towards improved wellness and reduced oral side-effects.

INDIVIDUALIZED X-RAY RECALLS

We take radiation very seriously and only take dental x-rays when they are necessary for diagnosing. In our office, your interval between x-rays is customized based upon your individual needs. After receiving dental x-rays, we offer natural options to help mitigate radiation exposure such as flower essences, homeopathic remedies, and nutritional supplements.

PERIODONTAL ASSESSMENT

A periodontal assessment is an important part of your holistic hygiene visit. We evaluate the health of your gum tissues and the bone which supports the teeth. An individualized home care routine is then created specifically for YOU to assist in the maintenance of healthy teeth, gums and oral wellness.

NON-SURGICAL APPROACHES TO PERIODONTAL DISEASE

We utilize Laser Assisted Periodontal Therapy in conjunction with natural antimicrobial agents (clove, myrrh, tea tree, iodine, calendula, echinacea, plantain, neem, nutritional supplements, vitamins, minerals, etc.) to address the microbial component to periodontal disease. And we don’t stop there. We understand the whole body connection with Periodontal Disease and have a large network of integrative health care practitioners whom we work closely with to ensure we are getting to the cause of the imbalance and creating an integrative path back to stability and health.

ORAL DETOXIFICATION WITH OZONATED WATER

At WDH, we disinfect our water lines in the most health conscious and ecofriendly way- with ozone! Pure distilled water, which is made in our office, is sterilized with low levels of ozone gas. Any organic debris in the dental water lines is broken down into its basic elements, mainly hydrogen and carbon dioxide. Ultimately, the water which our patients receive during dental treatment is disinfected and very pure distilled water.

PEIZO-ELECTRIC ULTRASONIC CLEANERS

Our ultrasonic cleaner aids in more efficient and less traumatic bacteria removal. It also makes quick business of removing hard deposits (tartar) and stain. An additional benefit is a tissue lavage with iodine water or Periobrite mouth rinse to detoxify the mouth and aid in tissue healing.

NATURAL AND SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTS

All products we use in our office are fluoride free and naturally derived.

For your dental cleaning, we use Pumice Preppies
– a tooth polishing paste made from crushed lava rock. It is loaded with amazing minerals that help remove surface stain and mineralize the tooth structure.

Complimentary Preserve toothbrushes

– fabricated from recycled materials. If you bring your environmentally friendly Preserve toothbrush back to us at your next dental cleaning appointment, we recycle it again! This is yet another way we reduce our carbon foot print.

Radius Floss Sachets

– this dental floss is 100% biodegradable. There are no glutens, preservatives, artificial sweeteners, GMOs, unnatural coloring, phthalates, parabens, or any other harmful additives. The two flavors are cranberry, which is known for its antibacterial properties, and natural mint tea tree, a known antiseptic. Additionally, there is a hint of birch bark xylitol, which is proven to reduce acidity and prevent bacteria in the mouth.

 

We are so grateful to YOU for trusting us with your oral health care and look forward to seeing your SMILE soon!

 

Holistic periodontal therapies

At WDH, we apply a non-surgical and non-invasive approach to identifying and treating Periodontal Disease. This is accomplished through our individualized holistic periodontal therapy which includes:

ULTRASONIC AND LASER THERAPIES:

remove bacteria, calculus and diseased tissues

HERBS AND SUPPLEMENTS:

promote healthy bone and gum tissue as well as immune function

PERSONALIZED HOME CARE AND EDUCATION:

collaboration to create best possible outcome

INTEGRATED CARE:

We work together with your primary healthcare provider(s) to assist in diagnosing and correcting imbalances in pH levels, mineral absorption, hormonal cascade, adrenal function, nutritional deficiencies, etc.

 

Periodontal disease is an active progressive process. It begins when bacteria build up under the gum line. This bacterial infection triggers the immune system and the body’s inflammatory response activates. When the body’s immune system is overcome by the growing bacteria levels and inflammation, a toxic threshold limit is met and the infectious state of the disease begins. Active periodontal disease affects the ligament, connective tissue and bone which surround and anchor the teeth in place.  As periodontal disease continues to progress, the teeth become loose and may ultimately need to be removed. The disease-causing bacteria and the toxins created by these bacteria easily enter the blood stream and from there the entire body. Periodontal Disease has been scientifically proven to be a contributing factor in heart disease, stroke, diabetes and low birth weight.

 

Our goal at WDH is to find the cause of the disease progression, stop the infection, and help return you to health and vitality. At WDH, we believe in taking a holistic approach to patient care. Each visit with our innovative dental hygiene team allows for a thorough assessment including dental history, medical history, review of medications and supplements, and lifestyle analysis. These holistic assessments allow for identification and diagnosis of imbalance and disease. We go beneath the symptom to reveal the cause. This guides us in establishing the best approach in our treatment plan to help you achieve optimal health and wellbeing.

 

Our commitment is to provide you with patient centered holistic periodontal therapy and we are honored to be a part of your wellness team!

 

Oil pulling

Oil Pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic practice which involves swishing sesame oil in the mouth to remove plaque, stain, and certain microorganisms, detoxifying the mouth and the body.  The action of swishing converts the fats of the oil into a soap and alcohol, which both act like a mild detergent. Traditionally, after 20 minutes of swishing, the soapy mixture is spit out and the mouth is thoroughly rinsed with water.  Recently, studies have shown that oil pulling is a safe and effective oral care practice1. The most notable finding is that oil pulling further reduces plaque and gum inflammation when added to regular tooth brushing2,3,4.

 

In recent years, organic cold-pressed coconut oil has been shown to have more beneficial properties for the practice when compared to traditional sesame oil. Lauric acid, the soap product of coconut oil, has a well documented anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects. Specifically, oil pulling with coconut oil has been shown to reduce streptococcus mutans which are the bacteria primarily involved in causing tooth decay5,6.

THE DOCUMENTED BENEFITS OF OIL PULLING IN COMBINATION WITH BRUSHING AND FLOSSING:

  • Reduction of Gum Inflammation
  • Decreases Plaque Buildup
  • Less Calculus Buildup
  • Reduce External Tooth Staining
  • Reduction in Bad Breath7,8
  • Decrease in Tooth Sensitivity
OIL PULLING INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Take 1 Tablespoon of cold pressed organic coconut oil/sesame oil/sunflower oil into the mouth and slowly swish, pulling it through the teeth.
  2. After 20 minutes, spit oil into garbage can or other container (it can clog the drain). We recommend against swallowing the oil.
  3. Rinse mouth thoroughly.
  4. Drink an 8 ounce glass of filtered water.

A more fatty smear layer can build up on the tooth surface with the routine Oil Pulling.  This buildup prevents the teeth from absorbing important minerals.  If this buildup is noticed, we suggest to brush the teeth with baking soda and salt 1-2 times per week to remove the buildup.

 

**Oil Pulling is an adjunct to any oral health home care regimen.  Benefits are variable and it does not replace brushing, flossing, and oral irrigation. Please check with your general health care provider before beginning a new oil pulling regimen**

Resources:

Woolley J, Gibbons T, Patel K, Sacco R. The effect of oil pulling with coconut oil to improve dental hygiene and oral health: A systematic review. Heliyon. 2020 Aug 27;6(8):e04789. doi: 10.1016/j.heliyon.2020.e04789. PMID: 32923724; PMCID: PMC7475120.

 

Ripari F, Filippone F, Zumbo G, Covello F, Zara F, Vozza I. The Role of Coconut Oil in Treating Patients Affected by Plaque-Induced Gingivitis: A Pilot Study. Eur J Dent. 2020 Oct;14(4):558-565. doi: 10.1055/s-0040-1714194. Epub 2020 Sep 22. PMID: 32961569; PMCID: PMC7535963.

 

Asokan S, Emmadi P, Chamundeswari R. Effect of oil pulling on plaque induced gingivitis: a randomized, controlled, triple-blind study. Indian J Dent Res. 2009 Jan-Mar;20(1):47-51. doi: 10.4103/0970-9290.49067. PMID: 19336860.

 

Peedikayil FC, Sreenivasan P, Narayanan A. Effect of coconut oil in plaque related gingivitis – A preliminary report. Niger Med J. 2015 Mar-Apr;56(2):143-7. doi: 10.4103/0300-1652.153406. PMID: 25838632; PMCID: PMC4382606.

 

Kaushik M, Reddy P, Sharma R, Udameshi P, Mehra N, Marwaha A. The Effect of Coconut Oil pulling on Streptococcus mutans Count in Saliva in Comparison with Chlorhexidine Mouthwash. J Contemp Dent Pract. 2016 Jan 1;17(1):38-41. doi: 10.5005/jp-journals-10024-1800. PMID: 27084861.

 

Asokan S, Rathan J, Muthu MS, Rathna PV, Emmadi P; Raghuraman; Chamundeswari. Effect of oil pulling on Streptococcus mutans count in plaque and saliva using Dentocult SM Strip mutans test: a randomized, controlled, triple-blind study. J Indian Soc Pedod Prev Dent. 2008 Mar;26(1):12-7. doi: 10.4103/0970-4388.40315. PMID: 18408265.

 

Sood P, Devi M A, Narang R, V S, Makkar DK. Comparative efficacy of oil pulling and chlorhexidine on oral malodor: a randomized controlled trial. J Clin Diagn Res. 2014 Nov;8(11):ZC18-21. doi: 10.7860/JCDR/2014/9393.5112. Epub 2014 Nov 20. PMID: 25584309; PMCID: PMC4290321.

 

Asokan S, Kumar RS, Emmadi P, Raghuraman R, Sivakumar N. Effect of oil pulling on halitosis and microorganisms causing halitosis: a randomized controlled pilot trial. J Indian Soc Pedod Prev Dent. 2011 Apr-Jun;29(2):90-4. doi: 10.4103/0970-4388.84678. PMID: 21911944.
Preserve the Earth toothbrushes

At WDH, we care about our impact on the earth and we have partnered with Preserve Products to start our own Preserve the Earth Toothbrush Program!

Preserve toothbrushes are made with 100% recycled #5 plastic and are BPA free. Preserve is a United States corporation that is B-certified. This means they have met and continue to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency.

How can YOU participate?

Each time you receive one of our preserve toothbrushes you can bring it back to us and we bring them to a Gimme 5 Bin for recycling.

How does your participation impact the earth?

Each time you recycle one of our preserve toothbrushes 15 grams of plastic are given a new life and 15 grams of plastic do not have to be manufactured from Earth’s non-renewable resources. Effective, truly sustainable recycling programs start with participation by motivated people like you!

Smile BIG today and do it the WDH Way!

Super Teeth Oral Probiotics

Our bodies are full of bacteria, some beneficial and some harmful.  Oral pathogens (harmful bacterial strains) contribute to the onset and/or progression of chronic diseases including heart disease, diabetes, cognitive decline, and Alzheimer’s Disease. These destructive oral bacterial strains are also involved in tooth cavities and gum disease.

 

So how can we help our beneficial oral bacteria flourish? The foundation is creating an environment which supports these good bacteria in thriving while at the same time reducing/eliminating the harmful bacterial strains. Organic whole-food nutritional lifestyle, clean water consumption, daily exercise, connection with those we love, and oral probiotics have all been shown to improve the bio- terrain and promote health.  Oral probiotics reduce the growth of harmful oral microorganisms which contribute to tooth cavities, gum disease, bad breath, heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s Disease.

 

In our dental office, we consult with our patients regarding wellness lifestyle and recommend Super Teeth Oral Probiotic supplements. A few of the amazing benefits of daily use of Super Teeth include:

  1. Healthy teeth and gums
  2. Elimination of bacterial bad breath
  3. Alkalinizing and optimizing oral pH
  4. Reduces plaque
  5. Defends against oral diseases like tooth decay, gingivitis, and periodontitis
  6. Supports whole body health

 

For more information on Super Teeth Oral Probiotics and clinical studies, click the link below:

Clinical Study | SuperTeeth (getsuperteeth.com)

Xylitol

Xylitol is a non-fermentable natural sugar alcohol which is beneficial for dental health by reducing the function of cavity causing bacteria . Xylitol is a natural alternative to fluoride and can be found in many dental products including toothpaste, mouth rinse, gum, and mints. Xylitol is advertised as being “safe for consumption by diabetics and individuals with hypoglycemia.” However, it is advised to consult with your physician before using xylitol if you have these health conditions.

TWO RAW SOURCES OF XYLITOL
CORN

More sustainable source
– Xylitol from corn is obtained through the cob itself which is otherwise “thrown away” after the kernels are harvested
– Corn grows very quickly and is therefore a more renewable and sustainable than birch

Corn allergy/sensitivity/intolerance
– The complex extraction process of xylitol from corn leaves no detectable protein to provide an allergen
– If you have a corn allergy/sensitivity/intolerance, we recommend you consult with your physician before using a corn-based xylitol dental product.

Watch out for GMO sourced corn
– Be sure packaging indicates it is non-GMO xylitol from non-GMO corn

Less expensive than birch derived xylitol

BIRCH TREE SAP

Less sustainable source
– While birch trees can be replanted, it takes several years for the trees to mature

Birch allergy/sensitivity/intolerance
– If you have an allergy/sensitivity/intolerance to birch, we recommend you consult with your physician before using a birch-based xylitol dental product

More expensive than corn derived xylitol

There are two grades of xylitol, Food Grade and Pharmaceutical (Nutriceutical) Grade. The Food Grade xylitol products are not as refined as the Pharmaceutical (Nutriceutical) Grade and therefore may contain some contaminates.

 

Metal Free Dentistry

DENTAL MATERIALS TESTING

Our bodies are complex and amazing works of art!  Our dentists and the WDH Team understand that not all dental materials are compatible with our bodies.  At WDH, we work to maximize our patient’s positive outcomes with dental materials while taking into consideration the necessity to minimize toxicity and immune reactivity.

 

Dental materials testing before dental restorative work is completed can provide some patients with peace of mind.

At WDH we offer resources for different dental materials testing options:

elisa/act biotechnologies

This test helps individually identify chemical groups and families of compounds that may pose a threat to the patient. Analyzing immune records of antibodies, systemic sensitivities are identified and cross-referenced with a database of dental materials. Our dentists will provide you with a blood serum draw prescription, lab kit, and paperwork. These items are taken to your physician or medical laboratory where your blood is drawn, appropriately packaged, and shipped to ELISA/ACT Biotechnology. For more information, please visit ELISA/ACT Biotechnologies

ELECTROACUPUNCTUre OR EDS (ELECTODERMAL SCREENING)

A computer tests specific dental materials according to their compatibility with the acupuncture meridian system. The computer quantitatively measures any energetic flow disruption in your acupuncture meridians due to specific dental materials. For this type of testing, a Dental Materials Testing Kit is checked out from WDH to bring to your Holistic Health Care Provider. The EDS results are documented on the Dental Materials Testing Form and returned to our office for review.

APPLIED KINESIOLOGY/MUSCLE TESTING

This technique is based upon the activity of muscles and the relationship of muscle strength to health. Specific dental materials are placed within your electromagnetic field and your subsequent muscle strength or weakness is documented. For this type of testing, a Dental Materials Testing Kit is checked out from WDH to bring to your Holistic Health Care Provider. The AK results are documented on the Dental Materials Testing Form and returned to our office for review.

MEDICAL INTUITIVE

A medical intuitive is an Alternative Medicine Practitioner who uses self-described intuitive abilities to determine which dental materials are potentially the least reactive/disruptive to the individual physiology. Some practitioners require a Dental Materials Testing kit, some require only the Dental Materials List. The intuitive results are documented on the Dental Materials Testing Form and returned to our office for review.

 

No test or tester is infallible and some people choose to combine the results from more than one test. Others who are not concerned with possible reactions to dental materials choose to do no testing at all and instead use a material which has a statistically low reactivity in the general healthy population. WDH  does not endorse or recommend any particular treatment, method or practitioner. Nor do they require biocompatibility testing before dental treatment. It is the patient’s personal choice on whether biocompatibility testing is appropriate and which testing method applies to the individual situation.

Instructions for Dental Materials Testing

– Download Dental Materials Testing Form

– Fill out patient and practitioner information at top of form, include date of testing

– Test ALL dental materials vials within the kit- some vials may appear empty, they are not

– Indicate COMPATIBLE or NOT COMPATIBLE for each dental material, please write legibly

– Email (smile@wellspringdentalhealth.com) or Fax (952-956-6706) completed Dental Materials Testing Form

 

Phlebotomy lab for ELIZA/ACT Biotechnologies Testing:

Any Lab Test Now

 

Health Practitioners who have a WDH Dental Materials Testing Kit in office:

Una Forde, DC

Robert Lindsey, DC

MERCURY AMALGAM FILLING REMOVAL

As a licensed dentists in the state of Minnesota, our dentists are able to engage with patients in education regarding controversial dental procedures and guide each patient through the informed consent process. Although our dentists are unable to recommend dental mercury amalgam removal unless there is a defect in your existing mercury amalgam filling, pathology in your tooth surrounding the mercury amalgam filling, and/or an acute allergic response to the mercury amalgam itself, YOU have the right to make decisions regarding your body and the health care you wish to receive.

CONSULTATION APPOINTMENT

– Offer both sides of controversial dental procedures

– Help you become familiar with differing philosophies in relation to dental materials and procedures

– Discuss the risks, benefits, advantages, disadvantages and costs of all treatment options (including no treatment) and replacement materials

– Recommend a medical consultation with a physician should you believe your dental mercury amalgam fillings are contributing to acute or chronic health challenges

– Review the WDH Informed Consent for Non-Standard Dental Treatment and ensure you understand  all options and risks before moving forward with mercury amalgam filling removal

Once you understand the information reviewed in the consultation appointment and sign our informed consent for non-standard dental treatment, Our Dentists can ethically and legally commence with your dental revision. Our dentists are SMART Certified in the safe removal of mercury amalgam restorations.

IAOMT SMART (SAFE MERCURY AMALGAM REMOVAL TECHNIQUE) PROTOCOL FOR PATIENT PROTECTION

Slurry of charcoal or chlorella for patient to rinse and swallow before procedure
– Binds heavy metals (mercury)

Full body, impermeable barrier
– Protection from aerosols and particulates

Full head/face and neck barrier under and around rubber dam
– Protection from aerosols and particulates

External oxygen via nasal mask
– Protection from inhalation of mercury vapor
– Supports immune system

Non-latex rubber dam properly placed and sealed
– Physical barrier to protect against swallowing or ingesting amalgam filling debris

Saliva ejector placed under rubber dam
– Assists in mercury vapor removal

Mercury vapor vacuum placed in close proximity to patient mouth
– Assists in mercury vapor removal

Copious amounts of water to reduce heat
– Assists in reduction of mercury vapor released from fillings

High speed evacuation
– Assists in mercury vapor, aerosol and particulate removal

Section amalgam into “chunks”
– Decreases mercury vapor release from filling

Post procedure- thorough rinse and rinse, swallow slurry of charcoal or chlorella
– Binds heavy metals (mercury)

It is recommended that you remember to drink copious amounts of water, take appropriate supplements, and eat a diet high in fiber to aid in maintaining open detoxification pathways before and after the dental appointment.

DO NOT TAKE ANY ORAL VITAMIN C on the day of the dental visit if you will be receiving local anesthetic (novacaine). Vitamin C has the ability to drastically reduce the effectiveness of the anesthetic making it necessary to use an extra amount, or to wait extra time before it becomes effective. If desired, oral vitamin C can be taken after the dental visit is completed

Metal Free Dental Restoration

At WDH, we advocate for metal free dental restorations. The information below outlines some of the differences between the available options for metal free fillings, inlays, onlays, and crowns. Our Dentists practice a biological philosophy which means you have the option of testing for dental materials which are compatible for your individual biology. For more information on dental materials biocompatibility testing and biological dentistry, Click the tab above

Composite Resin Dental Fillings

Advantages
– Conservative tooth preparation
– Restorations completed in one dental appointment
– Reduced appointment time

Disadvantages
– Less predictable long-term success
– Material may contain BPA (Bis Phenol-A) and petrochemicals
– Remaining healthy tooth structure at higher risk of fracture

Ceramic Dental Fillings (inlays and onlays)

Advantages
– More predictable long-term success
– Silicate-based material, relatively inert dental material

Disadvantages
– More aggressive tooth preparation
– Restorations completed in two dental appointments
• Requires placement of provisional/temporary restoration to be worn for at least two weeks
• Possibility of provisional restoration fracturing or coming out
• Possibility of more tooth sensitivity during this time
– Remaining healthy tooth structure at higher risk of fracture
– Longer appointment times

Ceramic Crowns

Advantages
– More predictable long-term success
– Silicate-based material, relatively inert dental material
– Tooth structure is completely covered by crown, low probability of fracture

Disadvantages
– More aggressive tooth preparation
– Restorations completed in two dental appointments
• Requires placement of provisional/temporary restoration to be worn for at least two weeks
• Possibility of provisional restoration fracturing or coming out
• Possibility of more tooth sensitivity during this time
– Longer appointment times

SMART CERTIFICATION

WDH IS SMART CERTIFIED!

 

The Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique (SMART) was developed by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) for reducing the potential negative health risks associated with the removal of existing dental mercury amalgam fillings. The SMART Certification serves to assist in reducing mercury exposure to patients and dental professionals.

 

Through the SMART Certification, our dentists completed coursework related to mercury and the safe removal of amalgam fillings. The SMART Certification training program included two modules of scientific readings, online learning videos, examinations, the application of rigorous safety measures and the utilization of specific equipment.

 

The entire WDH Team has been trained in the SMART recommendations and we are qualified and ready to support you in safe mercury amalgam removal.

 

IAOMT SMART (SAFE MERCURY AMALGAM FILLING REMOVAL TECHNIQUE) PROTOCOLS
Patient Protection

Slurry of charcoal or chlorella for patient to rinse and swallow before procedure
– Binds heavy metals (mercury)

Full body, impermeable barrier
Protection from aerosols and particulates

Full head/face and neck barrier under and around rubber dam
– Protection from aerosols and particulates

External oxygen via nasal mask
– Protection from inhalation of mercury vapor
– Supports immune system

Non-latex rubber dam properly placed and sealed
– Physical barrier to protect against swallowing or ingesting amalgam filling debris

Mercury vapor vacuum placed in close proximity to patient mouth
– Assists in mercury vapor removal

Copious amounts of water to reduce heat
– Assists in reduction of mercury vapor released from fillings

High speed evacuation
– Assists in mercury vapor, aerosol and particulate removal

Section mercury amalgam filling into “chunks”
– Decreases mercury vapor release from filling

Post procedure thorough rinse and swallow slurry of charcoal or chlorella
– Binds heavy metals (mercury) for elimination

Dentist/Assistant Protection

Protective gowns
– Protection from mercury aerosols, particulates and vapor

Non-latex gloves
– Protection from mercury aerosols, particulates and vapor

Face shields and hair/head coverings
– Protection from mercury aerosols, particulates and vapor

Respiratory grade mask- positive pressure
– Protection from mercury aerosols, particulates and vapor

Office and Environment

Amalgam separator
– Separates mercury amalgam out of wastewater for proper disposal

High volume air filtration system
– Removes mercury vapor, aerosols and particulates from ambient office airr

Compliance with federal, state, and local regulations
– Addresses the proper handling, cleaning and disposal of mercury-contaminated components, clothing, equipment, room surfaces in the dental office

SPECIAL ATTENTION:  drink copious amounts of water, take appropriate supplements, and eat a diet high in fiber to aid in maintaining open detoxification pathways before and after the dental appointment.

DO NOT TAKE ANY ORAL VITAMIN C 48 hours prior to your dental appointments. Vitamin C has the ability to drastically reduce the effectiveness of dental local anesthetics (novocaine) making it necessary to use more, or to wait extra time before it becomes effective. If desired, oral vitamin C can be taken after the dental visit is completed, this will help dissipate the anesthetic, enabling it to wear off faster.

 

For more information on SMART Certification:
www.iaomt.org
www.thesmartchoice.com

Airway and Sleep

Stress and oral health

STRESS HAS BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH THE FOLLOWING ORAL HEALTH IMBALANCES:

CLENCHING/GRINDING (BRUXISM)

Stress can cause tooth-grinding and/or clenching of the jaw, leading to tooth damage. A common stress response is to grind the jaw during sleep. Often done unconsciously, this can be occurring during waking hours as well. If a clenching/grinding parafunctional habit is present, stress can make it much worse. This habit can lead to the wearing down of the teeth (attrition), as well as cracking or fracturing of your teeth. Bruxism and clenching habits can lead to a syndrome called TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder). Excessive clenching or tooth grinding can lead to myalgia (muscle pain) in your jaw, face, ear and head as well as arthritic changes in the joint itsel

ORAL LICHEN PLANUS

Oral Lichen Planus is an ongoing (chronic) inflammatory condition which affects mucous membranes inside the mouth. Oral lichen planus may appear as white, lacy patches; red, swollen tissues; or open sores. These lesions may cause burning, pain or other discomfort. Some experts believe lichen planus is a reaction to viral infections caused by stress which can lower the efficacy of the immune system.

TMD

Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) refers to a variety of conditions that affect jaw joints, jaw muscles and facial nerves. TMD may occur when the jaw twists during opening, closing or side-motion movements. People with TMD may experience pain in or around the ear, headaches and neck aches, tenderness of the jaw or jaw muscles, jaw pain or soreness that is more prevalent in the morning or late afternoon, jaw pain when chewing, biting or yawning, difficulty opening and closing the mouth, clicking or popping noises when opening the mouth, and sensitive teeth.

 

When the body is stressed, muscles tense up. Muscle tension is a reflex reaction to stress — it is the body’s way of guarding against injury and pain. With sudden onset stress, the muscles tense up all at once, and then release their tension when the stress passes. Chronic stress causes the muscles in the body to be in a more or less constant state of guardedness. When muscles are taut and tense for long periods of time, this may trigger other reactions of the body and even promote stress-related disorders. For example, both tension-type headache and migraine headache are associated with chronic muscle tension in the area of the shoulders, neck and head.

CANKER SORES (APTHOUS ULCERS)

Stress initiates a breakdown in host protective factors which can lead to the development of canker sores. Canker sores are small ulcers or lesions located on the mucosal membranes in the mouth. Canker sores usually appear as a red lesion with a white or yellow center on the inside of the cheeks or lips, the tongue, the upper surface of the mouth or the base of the gums. Symptoms can include a burning sensation, pain, inflammation, fever and swollen lymph nodes. Canker sores are not contagious and usually go away on their own within 1-2 weeks.

DRY MOUTH (XEROSTOMIA)

When the mouth doesn’t produce enough saliva, it can experience chronic dryness.  Dry mouth can result from conditions caused by stress and is also a common side effect of allopathic drugs used to treat depression.

PERIODONTAL DISEASE (GUM DISEASE)

Long-term stress can lead to chronically elevated levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which can weaken the immune system. When the immune system is weak, conditions are ripe for bacteria from plaque to invade the gums. More and more research reveals a strong link between stress and gum disease. Symptoms of gum disease include bleeding gums, swollen gums, loose teeth, and bad breath. Left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss.

TOOTH DECAY (CAVITIES)

Natural bacteria live in the mouth and form plaque. The plaque produces acids by interacting with deposits on your teeth from sugary and starchy foods. These acids damage tooth enamel over time which weakens the teeth and leads to tooth decay. Stress can lead to oral hygiene neglect and other detrimental behaviors such as poor diet, smoking, and alcohol abuse. Individuals who are stressed tend to consume more sugary and starchy foods, which can lead to higher incidence of tooth decay.

Suggestions for Stress Reduction

BE GRATEFUL

Gratitude is a positive emotion. Some of the benefits are better coping & management of stress, faster recovery from certain medical procedures, positive changes in immune system functioning, improved sleep, and it protects you from negative emotions. Those who engage in gratitude practices have been shown to feel less pain, go to the doctor less often, have lower blood pressure, and be less likely to develop a mental disorder.

EXERCISE

Exercise promotes production of neurohormones like norepinephrine that are associated with improved cognitive function, elevated mood and learning. Exercise forces the body’s physiological systems –all of which are involved in the stress response—to communicate more closely than usual.  The cardiovascular system communicates with the renal system, which communicates with the muscular system.  All of these systems are controlled by the central and sympathetic nervous systems which must also communicate with each other.  The workout of the body’s communication system may be the true value of exercise.  The more sedentary a person is, the less efficient the body is in stress response.

VOLUNTEER

Volunteering provides many benefits to both mental and physical health. It can increase self-confidence, provide a sense of purpose, combat depression, improve mood, reduce stress, reduce anxiety and promote feelings of gratitude.

HAVE FUN, BE SILLY, AND PLAY

Fun activities in life may be one of the best stress relief solutions. While many responsible adults have adult-sized responsibilities that make it easy to put fun on the low end of the priorities list, letting your inner child come out to play can keep you feeling vital and happy. There are many benefits of having good old fun, so get inspired to play and relax today (even if just for a short time) and see how you feel.

EAT WELL

The more plant-based foods the better. Choose a whole food nutritional lifestyle which keeps your body chemistry alkaline. Refined sugars, trans fats, fast foods, and processed foods all set up an acid condition in the body, and an acid system produces inflammation, and inflammation causes stress.

MAGNESIUM SUPPLEMENTATION/EPSON SALT BATHS

Magnesium is responsible for the activity of 700-800 enzyme systems that make energy, digest food, support the adrenal glands, detoxify heavy metals, relax your muscles and nerves and help you sleep well at night.

BE PRESENT IN EACH MOMENT

When you are firmly in the present moment (rather than ruminating on past or anticipated stressors), you’re more open to happiness, laughter, and having fun.

MEDITATE

Meditation can produce a sense of calm, peace, and balance which benefits both emotional well-being and overall health. These benefits don’t end when the meditation session ends. Meditation can help to create more calmly through the day and may improve certain medical conditions. Meditation can clear away information overload which contributes to stress. The emotional benefits of meditation can include, gaining a new perspective on stressful situations, building skills to manage your stress, increasing self-awareness, focusing on the present, and reducing negative emotions.

POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS

Positive affirmations are a great tool to reprogram the unconscious and subconscious minds from negative thinking to positive. By repeating calming, soothing, positive affirmations to ourselves we can feed the body nourishing mental energy.

The information provided is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of a qualified integrative physician. The products listed above have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  The information provided above is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, drug interactions or adverse effects, nor should it be construed to indicate that use of a particular product is safe, appropriate or effective for you or anyone else. A qualified integrative physician or other medical professional should be consulted before taking any natural product, changing your diet or commencing or discontinuing any course of treatment.

Tooth clenching and grinding

Bruxism is a condition in which an individual grinds or clenches the teeth.  Bruxism occurs unconsciously during the day and/or at night while sleeping.

 

Bruxism while sleeping is considered a sleep-related movement disorder and those who clench or grind their teeth during sleep are more likely to have other sleep breathing disorders such as snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.

 

Bruxism can be frequent and severe enough to lead to jaw disorders, headaches, damaged teeth and other imbalances.

 

Due to bruxism occurring unconsciously, individuals are usually unaware of the presence of a habit until complications develop.  Therefore, it is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of bruxism early to help mitigate structural damage to the teeth, gums, jaw, facial muscles and to ensure there is no underlying airway compromise.

 

COMMON SIGNS/SYMPTOMS OF BRUXISM:

– Increased stress and anxiety

– Flattened, fractured, chipped or loose teeth

– Worn tooth enamel exposing deeper layers of the tooth

– Increased tooth sensitivity

– Tired or tight jaw, neck, shoulder muscles

– Ear pain

– Headache originating in the temples

– Callus or damage to the inside of the cheek

– Indentations on your tongue

– Bony outgrowths in the upper and lower jaws as well as the roof of the mouth (exostosis)

– Gum recession

– Poor sleep quality

 

Our Dentists understand that every patient is an individual and what works for one person may not necessarily work for another.  At WDH, we  strive to find the source of what is contributing to your habit of bruxism and to educate you on ALL of your treatment options.  At times, this may include the recommendation for an occlusal splint (night guard) or even a referral to an ENT and/or Sleep Specialist.

Some suggestions for natural solutions which may help to relieve the symptoms related to bruxism:

CHIROPRACTIC CARE

the manipulative treatment of misalignments in the skeletal, connective tissue, muscles, and nervous system.

OSTEOPATHY

in some individuals, bruxism can be a structural issue caused by the bones in the skull shifting. A Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.) through gentle manipulation may be able to reduce or eliminate the stress which triggers bruxism.

CRANIAL SACRAL THERAPY

this gentle, noninvasive form of bodywork addresses the bones of the head, spinal column and the treatment may release compression which alleviates stress, pain, and the stimulus for bruxism.

MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY

a neuromuscular re-education or re-patterning of the oral and facial muscles. Myofunctional therapy includes facial/tongue exercises, behavior modification techniques and myofunctional appliances to promote proper tongue position, improved breathing, chewing, and swallowing and a reduction or elimination of bruxism.

MINERAL SUPPLEMENTATION

bruxism can be associated with mineral deficiency. The most common deficiencies related to bruxism include calcium, zinc and magnesium. Natural sources of these minerals can be found in Himalayan and Celtic sea salt, bone broth, and high quality mineral supplements.

ESSENTIAL OILS

stress and anxiety are key triggers for bruxism. Essential oils can help calm the nervous system, reducing stress, anxiety and bruxism. Valerian, chamomile and lavender oils may be helpful.

HOMEOPATHY

homeopathic remedies like Schuessler’s Cell Salts, Calc Phos, Calc Fluor and Mag Phos are potentiated solutions derived from natural substances which may help to alleviate imbalances which can contribute to bruxism.

YOGA AND MEDITATION

reduces stress and imbalance which may contribute to a reduction in the body’s unconscious bruxism habit and relief from pain and tension.

MASSAGE

the rubbing and kneading of the physical body during massage assists in the reduction of stress, pain and tension associated with bruxism.

 

Wellness Lifestyle

Fluoride Free

The sources of human exposure to fluoride have increased significantly in the past 50 years.  Fluoride is now found in community drinking water, processed foods, baby formula, air, soil, pesticides, fertilizers, dental products, pharmaceutical drugs, cookware, clothing, carpeting, and an array of other consumer items used on a regular basis. Because of this chronic daily exposure to fluoride, fluoride toxicity has been on the rise.  Examples of health risks which have been scientifically linked to fluoride toxicity include cognitive defects, lower IQ, neurotoxic effects including ADHD, osteoarthritis, osteosarcoma, skeletal fluorosis, dental fluorosis, thyroid dysfunction, and many other chronic diseases.

 

At WDH, we do not advocate for the use of fluoride as a tool to fight tooth decay. Although the American Dental Association promotes the use of fluoride in many different forms, our dentists do not find enough relevant scientific evidence to prove the use of fluoride in the form of in-office fluoride treatments or fluoride containing dental products to be 100% safe and effective. In fact, most of the current science points to the serious health risks associated with chronic low dose exposure to fluoride.

 

On the brighter side, there are a myriad of natural alternatives to fluoride that effectively reduce cavities and re-mineralize damaged enamel.  Below are our top fluoride free suggestions for healthy teeth:

  1. Eat a healthy, whole food, organic diet with lots of mineral rich vegetables
  2. Keep your gut healthy and balanced
  3. Drink lots of clean, filtered water
    -If using reverse osmosis filtration systems, be sure to add bioavailable minerals back in
  4. Practice good oral hygiene
    -proper brushing, flossing, and use of oral irrigator
  5. Come in as recommended for your WDH Wellness Visits
  6. Use dental products that contain xylitol, calcium carbonate, bentonite clay, silica, oral probiotics and prebiotics

 

For more information, including scientific research, please visit IAOMT

Holistic wellness dentistry

WDH Mission Statement:  We are dental wellness experts providing innovative patient-centered biological dentistry and holistic approaches to health.  We are committed to illuminating the many paths to wellness through educating and empowering ourselves, our patients, our communities, and our world.

 

Oral health is not limited to your mouth. Our dentists and the WDH Team see you as a whole person enlisting your body, mind, and spirit to the care and maintenance of your mouth. At WDH, we use natural therapies where possible and develop individualized dental procedures and protocols for each of our patients. Our dentists, and the WDH Team provide exceptional dental wellness care by offering precision dental treatments, customized home-care programs, and innovative perspectives which assist you in upgrading your overall health and well-being.

 

Team WDH cares about YOU! We take time to develop trust and relationship. We listen and help you make decisions regarding your health and wellness that are in alignment with YOUR values. YOU are important to us and we think of each of our patients individually as family and collectively as a community.

 

We provide holistic wellness dental care to transform your dental experiences into opportunities for enhanced health, self rejuvenation, and healing. When your mouth is healthy, YOU are healthy.

HYDRATION & ORAL HEALTH

Water is the main constituent of the human body, comprising approximately 55% of total body weight. Adequate hydration is important for proper functioning of the brain, digestive tract, heart, kidneys, muscles and joints, saliva, skin, and temperature regulation. A properly hydrated body is more effective in transporting carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and other important nutrients and oxygen to the cells which in turn produce energy for optimal whole-body function. Furthermore, hydration facilitates the disposal of the waste products of metabolism and helps to regulate body temperature by redistributing heat from active tissues to the skin, cooling the body through perspiration.

 

HOW MUCH WATER SHOULD YOU DRINK A DAY?

The Institute of Medicine, an independent and non-profit scientific organization, states men aged 19 and over should generally take in at least 15 cups a day and women, 11 cups a day. These amounts include the water consumed in food and non-water beverages.

Jodi Stookey, a nutrition epidemiologist and hydration researcher at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute, encourages watching the color of your urine. If the urine is yellow in color, it generally means your cells are shrinking and need more hydration. Proper hydration should result in a very light-colored or even clear urine.

HEALTHY SALIVA
  • Helps with the formation of sounds in speech
  • Has anti-fungal properties
  • Helps to destroy viruses
  • Neutralizes the acids produced by plaque
  • Contains phosphorus and calcium. These substances are vital to the ongoing process of remineralization: rebuilding of tooth enamel
  • Moistens food, which enables comfortable swallowing
  • Contains enzymes which begin to break down food for proper digestion

The mouth is the gateway to the body and is often one of the first places where dehydration symptoms manifest. Paying attention to the signs your body is sending you may be helpful in making small changes (ie, drinking more water, more frequently) that can have big effects. One of the biggest symptoms of dehydration is xerostomia or dry mouth. The mouth becomes dry when the flow of saliva is reduced. Healthy saliva flow is imperative for good oral health.

ORAL DEHYDRATION SYMPTOMS:
  • Dry mouth (xerostomia) and lips
  • Bad breath (halitosis)
  • Saliva that feels thick or stringy
  • Rough, dry tongue
  • Gingivitis (red, swollen gums that bleed with flossing)
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing food
  • Inflammation of the tongue (glossitis)
  • Angular Cheilitis – cracks in corners of mouth
  • Susceptibility to fungal infections in mouth
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Higher rate of tooth decay
  • A prickly, burning sensation in the mouth
  • Difficulty wearing dentures/loose dentures/orthodontic retainers/oral appliances

Remember the importance of drinking clean, alkaline, structured water which has naturally derived minerals. Along with drinking water, eating more organic fruits and vegetables which are high in water content can also assist in staying properly hydrated.

OIL PULLING

Oil Pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic practice which involves swishing sesame oil in the mouth to remove plaque, stain, and certain microorganisms, detoxifying the mouth and the body.  The action of swishing converts the fats of the oil into a soap and alcohol, which both act like a mild detergent. Traditionally, after 20 minutes of swishing, the soapy mixture is spit out and the mouth is thoroughly rinsed with water.  Recently, studies have shown that oil pulling is a safe and effective oral care practice1. The most notable finding is that oil pulling further reduces plaque and gum inflammation when added to regular tooth brushing2,3,4.

 

In recent years, organic cold-pressed coconut oil has been shown to have more beneficial properties for the practice when compared to traditional sesame oil. Lauric acid, the soap product of coconut oil, has a well documented anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects. Specifically, oil pulling with coconut oil has been shown to reduce streptococcus mutans which are the bacteria primarily involved in causing tooth decay5,6.

 

THE DOCUMENTED BENEFITS OF OIL PULLING IN COMBINATION WITH BRUSHING AND FLOSSING:

  • Reduction of Gum Inflammation
  • Decreases Plaque Buildup
  • Less Calculus Buildup
  • Reduce External Tooth Staining
  • Reduction in Bad Breath7,8
  • Decrease in Tooth Sensitivity
OIL PULLING INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Take 1 Tablespoon of cold pressed organic coconut oil/sesame oil/sunflower oil into the mouth and slowly swish, pulling it through the teeth.
  2. After 20 minutes, spit oil into garbage can or other container (it can clog the drain). We recommend against swallowing the oil.
  3. Rinse mouth thoroughly.
  4. Drink an 8 ounce glass of filtered water.

A more fatty smear layer can build up on the tooth surface with the routine Oil Pulling.  This buildup prevents the teeth from absorbing important minerals.  If this buildup is noticed, we suggest to brush the teeth with baking soda and salt 1-2 times per week to remove the buildup.

**Oil Pulling is an adjunct to any oral health home care regimen.  Benefits are variable and it does not replace brushing, flossing, and oral irrigation. Please check with your general health care provider before beginning a new oil pulling regimen**

 

Resources:

Woolley J, Gibbons T, Patel K, Sacco R. The effect of oil pulling with coconut oil to improve dental hygiene and oral health: A systematic review. Heliyon. 2020 Aug 27;6(8):e04789. doi: 10.1016/j.heliyon.2020.e04789. PMID: 32923724; PMCID: PMC7475120.

 

Ripari F, Filippone F, Zumbo G, Covello F, Zara F, Vozza I. The Role of Coconut Oil in Treating Patients Affected by Plaque-Induced Gingivitis: A Pilot Study. Eur J Dent. 2020 Oct;14(4):558-565. doi: 10.1055/s-0040-1714194. Epub 2020 Sep 22. PMID: 32961569; PMCID: PMC7535963.

 

Asokan S, Emmadi P, Chamundeswari R. Effect of oil pulling on plaque induced gingivitis: a randomized, controlled, triple-blind study. Indian J Dent Res. 2009 Jan-Mar;20(1):47-51. doi: 10.4103/0970-9290.49067. PMID: 19336860.

 

Peedikayil FC, Sreenivasan P, Narayanan A. Effect of coconut oil in plaque related gingivitis – A preliminary report. Niger Med J. 2015 Mar-Apr;56(2):143-7. doi: 10.4103/0300-1652.153406. PMID: 25838632; PMCID: PMC4382606.

 

Kaushik M, Reddy P, Sharma R, Udameshi P, Mehra N, Marwaha A. The Effect of Coconut Oil pulling on Streptococcus mutans Count in Saliva in Comparison with Chlorhexidine Mouthwash. J Contemp Dent Pract. 2016 Jan 1;17(1):38-41. doi: 10.5005/jp-journals-10024-1800. PMID: 27084861.

 

Asokan S, Rathan J, Muthu MS, Rathna PV, Emmadi P; Raghuraman; Chamundeswari. Effect of oil pulling on Streptococcus mutans count in plaque and saliva using Dentocult SM Strip mutans test: a randomized, controlled, triple-blind study. J Indian Soc Pedod Prev Dent. 2008 Mar;26(1):12-7. doi: 10.4103/0970-4388.40315. PMID: 18408265.

 

Sood P, Devi M A, Narang R, V S, Makkar DK. Comparative efficacy of oil pulling and chlorhexidine on oral malodor: a randomized controlled trial. J Clin Diagn Res. 2014 Nov;8(11):ZC18-21. doi: 10.7860/JCDR/2014/9393.5112. Epub 2014 Nov 20. PMID: 25584309; PMCID: PMC4290321.

 

Asokan S, Kumar RS, Emmadi P, Raghuraman R, Sivakumar N. Effect of oil pulling on halitosis and microorganisms causing halitosis: a randomized controlled pilot trial. J Indian Soc Pedod Prev Dent. 2011 Apr-Jun;29(2):90-4. doi: 10.4103/0970-4388.84678. PMID: 21911944.
Tips for optimal health

HOLISTIC HYGIENE TIPS FOR OPTIMAL ORAL HEALTH

– Eat a whole-foods diet which is unprocessed, organic, and free of pesticides, antibiotics, and hormones allows your nutritional needs to be supplied naturally.

 

– Brush for 2 minutes 2 times a day with a soft bristle brush in the morning and at night before bed. Slow down with your brushing, using light pressure and making sure to get all the surfaces of your teeth.  If you are using an electric toothbrush, proper brushing technique differs from a manual toothbrush.  Effective brushing technique is paramount in good oral home-care and for care-free dental check-ups.  If you need a refresher on your toothbrushing technique, ask us! Clean teeth are healthy teeth! A fun and helpful phone app for kids is ‘Brusheez’ by Shondicon! Find more information here: http://www.brusheez.net/

 

– Change your toothbrush/ toothbrush-head every 3 months. Effective brushing technique is dependent upon the health of your toothbrush bristles.  New toothbrush heads are instrumental in good oral home-care and for care-free dental check-ups.

 

– Floss and use an oral irrigator every day – keeping the gum tissues and teeth free of bacteria and food debris allows your body to heal demineralized tooth structure and gingival irritation on its own.

 

– Schedule and participate in regular cleaning and dental exam appointments – prevention and early-detection are a winning combination for healthy mouths, healthy bodies, and easy dental visits.

 

– Reduce stress and RELAX – this is one of the most effective ways to naturally balance hormones, improve immune function, lower blood pressure, improve cardiovascular function, improve sleep quality, improve cognitive function, and allow the nervous system to become healthily balanced.

 

– Get plenty of sleep – an effective, natural way to increase immune function, improve cognitive thinking, promote cellular growth and stabilize hormone levels.

 

– Move your body every day – exercise increases circulation, reduces inflammation, helps regulate blood sugar and hormone levels, strengthens muscles and ligaments, improves brain receptor function, improves immune function, improves sleep quality and helps your body to absorb nutrients efficiently.

 

Dental X-Rays

CBCT and dental imaging

There has been A LOT of interest lately in dental 3D imaging (technically known as Cone-Beam Computerized Tomography or CBCT)- especially regarding its use in evaluating root canal teeth and areas in the bone where teeth have been removed.  Below are some answers to the most commonly asked questions from our community of patients.  We hope it is helpful and we WELCOME you into this important conversation.

WHAT IS A CONE BEAM (CBCT)?

Cone-beam computed tomography systems (CBCT) are a variation of a CT Scan.  The data collected by the scan is used to reconstruct a three-dimensional (3D) image of specific regions of the patient’s teeth, ligaments, nerve canals, sinuses, upper and lower jaw bone.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

CBCT offers a three-dimensional image vs. a two-dimensional image, like the digital x-rays taken in our office.  The CBCT allows for more visual detail and can be utilized in determining a specific diagnosis of pathology.

WHAT ARE THE RISKS?

CBCT imaging typically delivers significantly more ionizing radiation than conventional digital dental x-rays.  The cumulative effects of radiation are a serious concern and can lead to toxicity, cellular death, cancer, and many other significant health challenges.  Therefore, as a diagnostic tool, ionizing radiation (whether digital dental x-rays or CBCT) should always be viewed as a benefit vs. risk procedure.

DO WE DO CBCT IMAGING AT WDH?

At WDH, we view the use of CBCT as a valuable tool used under the right circumstances and on an individual basis.  Our dentists use discernment in recommending any ionizing radiation due to the potential deleterious side-effects. Therefore, seeing our patients for a full holistic assessment, comprehensive dental evaluation, and consultation is the first step in determining if a CBCT is necessary for diagnosis and/or use as a guide for dental implant placement.  We want to be sure that the benefits outweigh the risks associated with such procedures. The WDH Team takes time to educate and empower our patients with all the options available as well as the advantages, disadvantages and costs for every procedure we recommend.  We do not have CBCT imaging available in our office.  If a CBCT is recommended, we refer out to local dental specialists (Oral Surgeon, Periodontist) for this diagnostic imaging

DO WE REFER FOR THESE?

CBCT is becoming more known in the dental arena and many dental offices are now providing this type of imaging.  At WDH we work with a network of like-minded practitioners who understand the importance we place on not only the mouth but the whole body.  We work closely with a few Oral Surgeons and Periodontists who offer CBCT and refer patients to them if the benefit of CBCT out-weighs the perceived risks. Some factors we take into consideration before referring to a dental specialist for CBCT are- what are the patient’s questions and concerns? is the patient having symptoms either in the mouth or the body or both? what are the symptoms and how long has the patient been exhibiting symptoms? based on the intra-oral and extra-oral exam, is there some concern to look further into that would require ionizing radiation? do we see anything questionable on the digital dental x-rays in the patients chart? Is there any uncompleted dental treatment needed that may be causing symptoms?

WHAT DOES THE FDA AND THE ADA SAY ABOUT THESE IMAGES?

The American Dental Association (ADA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommend dental clinicians perform digital dental x-rays and dental CBCT, only when necessary for the diagnosis or treatment of disease.  The clinical benefit of a medically appropriate digital dental x-ray or CBCT can outweigh the radiation risk. However, efforts should be made to help minimize this risk. CBCT imaging should only be used when necessary to provide clinical information that cannot be provided using other imaging modalities.

WHAT DO WE RECOMMEND?

At WDH, we recommend having a comprehensive exam and a consultation to see if CBCT imaging would be recommended for your individualized circumstance.  If it is determined that a CBCT is necessary, we discuss the risks and benefits with you, answer all of your questions and if YOU decide to move forward with CBCT, we refer you to one of our trusted dental specialists who respects and understands our holistic philosophy.  This forms a network of trusted, holistic minded specialists who are taking into consideration your dental needs in relation to your whole-body health.

Dental x-rays

At WDH, we respect each patient’s choice to make informed healthcare. Therefore, dental x-rays (radiographs) are always recommended on a custom and individualized basis only after the risks and benefits have been reviewed.

 

Standard recommendations have been made by the American Dental Association, the FDA, and many dental insurance companies. Because we are licensed by the State of Minnesota to provide dental treatment, we are obligated to simultaneously consider these recommendations while also honoring our patients’ individual needs and concerns.

 

DENTAL RADIOGRAPHS ARE IMPORTANT DIAGNOSTIC TOOLS WHICH ARE USED FOR MAKING TREATMENT DECISIONS. SOME OF THE MOST COMMON USES OF DENTAL RADIOGRAPHS:
  • Show areas of decay (cavities) that are not visible with an oral exam, especially between teeth
  • To identify decay occurring beneath existing restoration such as fillings, crowns, bridges, etc.
  • Reveal changes in the bone and/or bone loss that accompanies periodontitis (gum disease)
  • Assist in the preparation for treatment planning
  • Reveal abscesses (infection at the root of the tooth or between tooth and gum)
  • Reveal any abnormalities in the hard and/or soft tissues of the mouth (cysts, tumors, fibroma, etc.)

 

Our dentists and Team WDH understand the concerns regarding ionizing radiation.  Therefore, our dentists individualize the dental radiograph recommendations to each patient’s needs and utilize digital radiography.  This type of dental radiograph is much more accurate and precise.

 

Digital radiographs use up to 90% less radiation as compared to traditional dental radiograph films.  Digital Radiography is also much more ecologically friendly, no hazardous fixer/ developer solutions or lead foil to dispose of.  Once the digital radiograph is taken, it is stored in an electronic file which can be easily transferred to other healthcare practitioners, reducing multiple unnecessary radiation exposures.

 

Be assured, Our dentists only recommend dental radiographs to help prevent serious dental issues which can arise without symptoms and to diagnose and monitor progressive dental disease.

 

Recipes

Calcium Bentonite Clay

Calcium bentonite clay is a safe to use re-mineralizing agent. The clay contributes to a more alkaline pH in the mouth and releases calcium when mixed with salvia. These properties help to repair damaged enamel and prevent dental cavities.

Suggested use:

  1. Apply directly to teeth along the gumline and the cheeks after brushing.
  2. Coat your fingertip with clay and apply to the teeth and tissues, do not rinse, leave on teeth/tissues overnight.
  3. Add the clay to your existing toothpaste. The clay may be sprinkled on top of your toothpaste or mixed into your existing toothpaste.
  4. Make a re-mineralizing mouth rinse- 1T calcium bentonite clay to 2 cup filtered water, seal in glass jar, shake before using.
  5. Calcium Bentonite Clay is safe to use in orthodontic retainers, Invisalign aligners, and night guards. Wet the appliance, shake off excess, sprinkle clay into appliance, insert over teeth, leave overnight.

For more information on Calcium Bentonite Clay, please visit PlantTherapy.com

This homecare recipe has not been evaluated by the FDA.  We are not claiming this product will cure any disease or disorder. No assumptions should be made regarding its accuracy.  If you are having adverse side-effects, stop using, and consult with your physician or licensed healthcare practitioner. Wellspring Dental Health makes no assurances of this information being fit or suited for your medical needs, and to the maximum extent allowed by law disclaim any and all warranties and liabilities related to your use of any of the information provided to you through these homecare instructions.  The use of these homecare instruction and its content is at your own risk.

Eliminate Tartar & Tooth Stain

Baking Soda & Hydrogen Peroxide (3-5 times/week)

  • Wet Toothbrush
  • Sprinkle 1/8t aluminum-free baking soda onto toothbrush bristles
  • Using a dropper, place 3-5 drops onto toothbrush
  • Brush in a light circular motion for 2 minutes
  • Spit out excess and rinse

 

Baking Soda & Sea Salt

  • Mix ¼ cup aluminum-free baking soda and 2t sea salt in glass jar with lid
  • Wet toothbrush
  • Sprinkle 1/8t of baking soda-sea salt mixture onto toothbrush
  • Brush in a light circular motion for 2 minutes
  • Spit out excess and rinse

This homecare recipe has not been evaluated by the FDA.  We are not claiming this product will cure any disease or disorder. No assumptions should be made regarding its accuracy.  If you are having adverse side-effects, stop using, and consult with your physician or licensed healthcare practitioner. Wellspring Dental Health makes no assurances of this information being fit or suited for your medical needs, and to the maximum extent allowed by law disclaim any and all warranties and liabilities related to your use of any of the information provided to you through these homecare instructions.  The use of these homecare instruction and its content is at your own risk.

Healthy Gums Mouth Rinse

Ingredients:

  • 2 t calcium bentonite clay
    • Ok to substitute calcium carbonate/calcium citrate
  • ½ t sea salt (omit if you have high blood pressure)
  • 5 drops Concen Trace mineral drops (powder form ¼ t)
  • 5 drops organic echinacea tincture
  • 5 drops organic calendula tincture
  • 5 drops organic goldenseal tincture
  • 5 drops organic yarrow tincture
  • 5 drops organic myrrh essential oil
  • 5 drops organic tea tree essential oil
  • 5 drops organic oregano essential oil
  • 5 drops organic peppermint essential oil
  • 5 drops organic thyme essential oil
  • Optional essential oils for flavor: lavender, cinnamon, spearmint, lemon

 

Instructions:

  • Add all ingredients into a glass jar with tight sealing lid and shake vigorously
  • Take 1-2 Tablespoons, swish for one minute, spit out
  • Can be used throughout the day, best before bed

 

Resources:

PlantTherapy.com

www.TraceMinerals.com

https://www.healthgardenusa.com/product/xylitol/

https://www.starwest-botanicals.com/

https://mountainroseherbs.com/

This homecare recipe has not been evaluated by the FDA.  We are not claiming this product will cure any disease or disorder. No assumptions should be made regarding its accuracy.  If you are having adverse side-effects, stop using, and consult with your physician or licensed healthcare practitioner. Wellspring Dental Health makes no assurances of this information being fit or suited for your medical needs, and to the maximum extent allowed by law disclaim any and all warranties and liabilities related to your use of any of the information provided to you through these homecare instructions.  The use of these homecare instruction and its content is at your own risk.

Healthy Teeth Mouth Rinse

Ingredients:

  • 8oz filtered water
  • 2 t aluminum-free baking soda
  • 2 t calcium bentonite clay
    • Ok to substitute calcium carbonate/calcium citrate
  • ½ t sea salt (omit if you have high blood pressure)
  • ½ t xylitol crystals/powder (non-corn source)
  • 5 drops Concen Trace mineral drops (powder form use ¼ t)
  • 5 drops organic tea tree essential oil
  • 5 drops organic thyme essential oil

 

Instructions:

  • Add all ingredients into glass jar with tight sealing lid, shake vigorously
  • Take 1-2 Tablespoons and swish for (1) minute and then spit out
  • Can be used throughout the day, best before bed

 

Resources:

https://www.bobsredmill.com/baking-soda.html

PlantTherapy.com

www.TraceMinerals.com

https://www.healthgardenusa.com/product/xylitol/

https://www.starwest-botanicals.com/

https://mountainroseherbs.com/

This homecare recipe has not been evaluated by the FDA.  We are not claiming this product will cure any disease or disorder. No assumptions should be made regarding its accuracy.  If you are having adverse side-effects, stop using, and consult with your physician or licensed healthcare practitioner. Wellspring Dental Health makes no assurances of this information being fit or suited for your medical needs, and to the maximum extent allowed by law disclaim any and all warranties and liabilities related to your use of any of the information provided to you through these homecare instructions.  The use of these homecare instruction and its content is at your own risk.

Tooth Polish Recipe

Ingredients:

  • ¼ c calcium bentonite clay
  • ¼ t aluminum-free baking soda
  • 2 ½ t xylitol powder (non-corn derived)
  • 1/8 t sea salt (omit if you have high blood pressure)
  • 1 t organic cold-pressed coconut oil
  • 2 t organic vanilla extract
  • 12 drops peppermint essential oil
  • Filtered water as needed for consistency

 

Instructions:

  • Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl
  • Warm coconut oil to liquid consistency, remove from heat
  • Add vanilla and essential oil to oil
  • Slowly mix dry ingredients into wet
  • Add filtered water as needed to desired paste consistency
  • Store in a glass jar with tight sealing lid
  • Stir before using
  • If paste dries out, add more filtered water and mix
  • If you prefer tooth powder, mix first (4) ingredients and store in glass jar
  • Optional essential oils can be added, or all essential oils eliminated

 

Overnight Re-mineralizing:

  • Brush, floss, waterpik
  • Place tooth polish onto fingertip/Qtip/toothbrush, rub onto all tooth surfaces
  • Do no eat, drink, or rinse after applying
  • Leave on teeth overnight

This homecare recipe has not been evaluated by the FDA.  We are not claiming this product will cure any disease or disorder. No assumptions should be made regarding its accuracy.  If you are having adverse side-effects, stop using, and consult with your physician or licensed healthcare practitioner. Wellspring Dental Health makes no assurances of this information being fit or suited for your medical needs, and to the maximum extent allowed by law disclaim any and all warranties and liabilities related to your use of any of the information provided to you through these homecare instructions.  The use of these homecare instruction and its content is at your own risk.