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Teeth Cleanings

Teeth Cleanings

How are dental exams and cleaning different at a holistic dentist?

Any traditional dental office offers basic routine dental exams and cleanings. At our office we advocate a preventative approach to oral and systemic health. The goal is to optimize health now and keep problems from arising in the first place. We routinely use a variety of specialized tools to help evaluate the health of your teeth as well as the gum and bone. Then taking into consideration your systemic health, only then can we provide you with the optimized care you need to keep your smile healthy or get you to a healthy state. We use the data we collect about your oral health to compare visit to visit. This gives you a trajectory of your oral health and the opportunity to make changes if needed.

Why are dental exams and cleanings necessary?

Former U.S. Surgeon General, David Satcher, labeled gum disease the “silent epidemic,” affecting a reported 4 out of every 5 Americans. Scientific evidence shows a strong link between gum disease and inflammatory conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis and Alzheimer’s. Periodontal disease starts as a bacterial asymptomatic subclinical disease. With proper care, patients can improve gum health and reduce the risk of developing serious illnesses later in life. It’s clearer than ever that healthy smiles support good health.

How often should you come in for Dental Exams & Cleanings?

Teeth cleaning appointments are more than a reason to polish off those pearly whites. Every mouth carries bacteria (biofilm), many of which cannot be controlled by oral hygiene at home. Left untreated, certain bacteria can develop into diseases that can have a significant impact on your oral and systemic health. Because of the uniqueness of each individual’s oral microbiome, Dr. Grabiak and your biological accredited hygienist will recommend you return for preventive or maintenance care at a frequency that best suits your needs. In addition to controlling the bacteria in your microbiome, regular oral care contributes to preventing tooth loss, eliminating bad breath, brightening your smile, and monitoring potential risks that may have developed over time. If it’s been a while since you scheduled a routine cleaning, don’t wait. Please contact one of our friendly staff members at (303)988-6118. We are happy to answer any questions.

What can you expect at the appointment for Dental Exams & Cleanings?

Think of your last dental appointment with the usual dental hygienist, and you probably think: Yeah, I’ll get my teeth cleaned and a lecture about flossing, and that’s it. Every appointment is just like another. Conventional dentistry trains patients to be relatively passive in their care. We want to bring about an end to western dental mainstream ideology: get on with the cleaning so they can get out of the dental chair and on with the rest of their day’s business.

In the biological model, your needs are not the same as every other patient. At your integrative hygiene appointment, we review your past, current and future goals for oral care. We want you to be involved in your own oral and overall health decisions.

The primary function of the mouth is breathing, eating, and swallowing. There are bones, muscles, nerves, soft tissues, blood, microflora, and more; that are all a part of a complex system. At every appointment, you can expect us to thoroughly evaluate this complex system to ensure the entire system is functioning at the highest level.

If you think you might benefit from a cleaning and exam, call our office today so that one of our helpful staff members can further assist you.

The foundation of providing safe and personalized holistic care begins by getting to know you and your goals for your oral health and overall health, both short term and long term. Dr. Grabiak will then learn about your family’s dental and medical history, along with your dental and medical history. Afterwards, we begin your exam by taking a sample of your saliva (Sillha), checking for seven different biomarkers. That same day, we will send you home with a report showing how you scored in those different biomarker categories.

The head and neck examination is often overlooked by busy clinicians but it is as crucial as an element of the oral cancer examination. Dr. Grabiak begins his exam outside of the mouth by starting with a soft tissue check of the neck and the jaw. A thorough head and neck examination is essential for detecting early skin cancers, any overdeveloped jaw muscles that may be contributing towards bruxism, and enlarged lymph nodes that may indicate an active virus or infection.

After the extraoral exam, Dr. Grabiak begins his extensive intraoral exam. During Dr. Grabiak’s exam he is evaluating the teeth, uvula, mucosal tissues, tongue, floor of the mouth, hard and soft palate, and the oropharynx. Part of this exam includes taking high-definition photos of the mouth, all at different angles so you can see exactly what he is seeing. Our hygienist will then come in and complete a comprehensive periodontal assessment. In some cases, Dr. Grabiak and your hygienist may recommend additional testing to get to the root cause of the evidence of symptoms they are seeing in your mouth. This entire process takes roughly an hour. In some cases, depending on what Dr. Grabiak and your hygienist had found during their exam we will invite you back for a follow-up appointment called review of findings.

In preparation for the review of findings, Dr. Grabiak and your hygienist will take the time to evaluate all of the data that was collected from your examination and testing to determine your specific needs. At your review of findings appointment Dr. Grabiak will sit down with you one on one to review the data that was collected from your appointment, along with any recommendations. This allows you the time to ask Dr. Grabiak any questions that you may have about your treatment recommendations and expectations from treatment.

Jeromy Mulkey

Jeromy Mulkey

Operations Manager

Jeromy received his Bachelors of Science in Finance from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He moved to Colorado in 2015 from Hannibal, New York (a small town outside of Syracuse) and that is when his career in the dental field began. Jeromy started in corporate dental as a patient coordinator and quickly progressed to office manager and then running multiple specialty practices over the next 5 years. Holistic dentistry was an exciting new challenge and Jeromy couldn't be happier with his family at Denver Dentistry. Holistic dentistry was a breath of fresh air and gave a new excitement and passion for learning of all the new sciences and technologies the Denver Dentistry team has integrated into their practice. Jeromy currently lives in Sheridan and enjoys living close to the mountains. In his free time he enjoys spending time with family, snowboarding, playing soccer and basketball, camping, and hiking. Jeromy is passionate about delivering excellent customer service and assisting the team in bringing more smiles to satisfied patients.
Chelsea White

Jazmin Contreras

Dental Hygiene Assistant

In 2020 Jazmin graduated from Colorado Mesa University at the top of her class with a degree in Kinesiology. From a young age Jazmin knew she had a passion and interest in the medical field which led her to gain various experiences in the medical field. However, when she first came to Denver Dentistry, she fell in love with dentistry and knew this was her passion. Dr. Grabiak and his team offered a unique holistic approach to the field; something Jazmin has always been highly interested in. She quickly realized this is where she was meant to be and Denver Dentistry instantly felt like home. In her free time she and her fiance enjoy traveling and participating in outdoor activities like hiking, camping, and kayaking.
Chelsea White

Chelsea White

Lead EDDA

Chelsea is a born and raised Florida girl and has now been a Colorado resident for 5 years. She has loved dentistry for a long time, and couldn’t see herself in any other profession. Knowing her career path, she went to school at Central Florida Institute to become a dental assistant with an extended program. Graduated in 2012 as a Dental Assistant and as an EDDA, she looks forward to esthetics and happiness with patients. As someone who has been in the field for almost 10 years, she strives to work as a team to meet all expectations with the patient. In her free time she loves to hike, and explore the beautiful places Colorado has to offer.

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