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Holistic Dental Service

Holistic Dentistry

Holistic Dentistry

Holistic dentistry has become such a profound method of caring for your teeth, gums and entire mouth. The holistic approach believes that the wellness and health of your entire body will reflect during your dental appointments. Healthier teeth and gums start with a healthier and more balanced mind, body and spirit. Through holistic dentistry, we here at Denver Dentistry believe that you can appreciate a healthier and more wholesome smile.

What is Holistic Dentistry?

The belief behind holistic dentistry is that your every part of your body is directly connected to your health. We don’t like to just fix, check and clean your teeth. We want to provide a fully realized connection between the health of your mouth and the health of the rest of your body. Through the holistic approach, we can improve the health of your teeth and gums while simultaneously helping you to make healthier choices about your body’s well-being. Holistic dentistry is sometimes referred to as biological dentistry, since it incorporates your entire body’s wellness with the health of your teeth and gums.

What does Holistic Dentistry Involve?

The holistic approach to dentistry involves a connection between your body’s well-being with the health and condition of your smile. Some of the different elements focused on concerning holistic dentistry include:

  • Proper nutrition for healthier teeth and gums
  • Elimination and avoidance of harmful dental materials
  • Removal and replacement of amalgam (metal) fillings
  • Treatment of malocclusion problems (problems with bite can equate to problems with imbalance)
  • Treatment and total prevention of gum disease at its core basis
  • Nonsurgical gum disease treatment
  • Instruction on proper care of teeth and gums using natural, wholesome products
  • Elimination of fluoride overuse
  • Emphasis on preventative care
While holistic dentistry is still a relatively new concept for a lot of people, it has its roots planted firmly in the human body’s biological core. The rule of holistic dentistry is that it should promote wellness and health rather than simply focusing on the treatment of disease and infection. After all, your smile can only shine when you are healthy and vibrant yourself.

Benefits of Holistic Dentistry

Holistic dentistry is more involved in preventative care rather than simply treating diseases. The goal of this approach is to promote healthier teeth and gums while using more natural and less invasive techniques to heal problems that may arise over time. This type of dentistry can be beneficial to all different patients of varying ages, since its focus is on a whole-body connection rather than simply fixing problems that might come up.

At Denver Dentistry, we offer a holistic approach to your dental care and oral health needs. We want you to be provided with a more compassionate method of care full of staff who believe that your dental health is directly related to your overall sense of well-being. Our goal is to offer you care that is individualized, personalized and balances this mind-body connection. Be sure to ask us more about holistic dentistry if you are interested in this unique, empowering dental alternative.

Holistic Dentistry Services

Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique (SMART) Protocol

If you wish to remove mercury amalgam fillings or metal based crowns it is recommended to use an IAOMT dentist certified in the Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique (SMART) Protocol. Dr. Grabiak is SMART Certified by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. Less than 1% of Doctors in the state of Colorado have this certification!

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Direct Diagnostics (HR5)

With a simple salivary test, five specific bacteria (Aa, Pg, Td, Tf, and Fn) can be identified and isolated. These bacteria are most frequently mentioned as contributors to all chronic inflammatory diseases including cardiovascular disease, ischemic stroke, brain abscesses, & heart infections.

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Modified Lymphocyte Transformation Test (MELISA)

MELISA is a scientifically proven and clinically validated blood test that detects type-IV allergy to multiple metals, such as mercury, gold, palladium and titanium. It is used worldwide by healthcare professionals to help determine whether patients are hypersensitive to metals commonly used in dental restorations or medical implants.

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Ozone Therapies

Ozone is used successfully to treat a variety of dental issues, including gingivitis, periodontal disease, dental caries, tooth sensitivity, dental infections, sinusitis, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), and osteonecrotic lesions.

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Perio Protect

For most periodontitis sufferers, daily flossing and brushing are a must. But for individuals who suffer from chronic gingivitis or periodontitis, daily brushing, rinsing, and flossing aren’t enough to keep their teeth healthy. Perio Protect was developed as a non-invasive device to deliver a natural antimicrobial solution, hydrogen peroxide, directly below the gum line where traditional oral hygiene methods fail to reach.

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Salivary Testing (SillHa)

With SillHa Saliva testing you gain more insight into your oral health and systemic health. For ages, conventional wisdom held that dental health was rooted in whether or not you flossed. The SillHa Testing system uses a saliva sample to analyze levels of seven different proteins found in saliva. High levels of these proteins are associated with inflammation of some kind in your body—most likely, in your mouth.

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Clifford Materials Reactivity Testing (CMRT)

If you’re concerned that you might be allergic to dental materials like those found in common silver fillings, metal crowns, or other dental materials then speak with Dr. Grabiak about getting tested.

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Heavy Metal Testing and Detox

Mercury Tri-Test utilizes patented advanced technology that separates methyl mercury from inorganic mercury and measures each independently. MerProtect helps fuse potentially harmful compounds that may be released during and after the removal of mercury fillings, helping to prevent reabsorption.

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Biocompatible Dentistry

Dental/oral conditions have a big impact on your overall health and well-being. With every procedure, we consider its potential effect on the rest of your body. It’s why we offer biocompatibility testing of dental materials and will not use known neurotoxins such as mercury amalgam to repair decayed or damaged teeth. It’s why we use tools such as pathogen testing, to provide more specific, targeted treatment of gum disease – a condition linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory conditions. We don’t just look at teeth. We look at the big picture.

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Oral Cancer Screening

Oral cancer can affect adults of any and all ages. Some patients are more at risk of developing oral cancer, like those who smoke or use chewing tobacco.

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Lymphocyte Response Assay (ELISA)

Mercury fillings and other dental restorative materials are not the only source of potentially hazardous compounds. Lymphocyte Response Assay (LRA by ELISA/ACT™) tests quickly and precisely determines the hidden causes of many chronic conditions and help patients find sustained relief.

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TMJ Therapy

The TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is the joint that connects your lower jaw to your skull. As with many other joints on the body, the TMJ can experience pain…

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CBD Pre-Med

At Denver Dentistry we utilize specific formulations of CBD designed to reduce the pain and stress associated with cleaning and other dental procedures.

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Zirconia Dental Implants

Zirconia is a hypoallergenic material. What this means is that when placed, you’re less likely to experience allergies or sensitivities to the material, making for a more pleasant experience that lowers your risk of implant failure.

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Noelle Jones

Office Manager

With a robust career spanning over 20 years in the dental sector, Noelle Jones has developed a profound expertise that blends technical proficiency with visionary leadership. Starting her journey as a dental assistant, Noelle has continually expanded her skill set and knowledge base. She pursued higher education at Georgia Perimeter College, where she completed programs in dental lab technology, chairside assisting, and business management. In 2024, Noelle found her perfect match in the professional world at Denver Dentistry, a practice that embraces the principles of biological dentistry. This role not only marks a significant step in her career but also profoundly shifts her perspective on the impact dental health has on the rest of the body. Beyond her professional endeavors, Noelle is an avid adventurer who loves exploring the natural beauty of Colorado. She is on a quest to hike all the "14ers" in the state. When not scaling peaks, she enjoys traveling and cherishing moments with her husband and their three beloved dogs. Noelle's dedication to dental excellence and her commitment to a holistic approach in her field make her a pivotal member of the Denver Dentistry team.

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 earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. His journey in the dental field began when he moved to Colorado in 2015 from Hannibal, New York, a small town outside of Syracuse. Starting as a patient coordinator in corporate dental, Jeromy quickly advanced to office manager and eventually managed multiple offices for a DSO, including specialty practices over the next 4 years. In 2019, his transition to holistic dentistry at Denver Dentistry began. This transition brought new challenges and a renewed passion for learning about the latest sciences and technologies integrated into their practice. Since starting at Denver Dentistry, Jeromy has enjoyed learning about safe mercury removal (SMART Protocol), airway management, ozone, salivary testing, biocompatibility testing for materials, heavy metals testing, and the systemic and oral health connection. Jeromy currently resides in Littleton, enjoying the proximity to the mountains. Outside of work, he cherishes time spent with his wife and daughter and enjoys activities such as snowboarding, bouldering, paintball, soccer, basketball, camping, and hiking. Jeromy's dedication to delivering exceptional customer service and contributing to the team's mission of bringing more healthy smiles to satisfied patients is at the core of his professional ethos.
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Jazmin Contreras

Dental Hygiene Assistant

A native of Guatemala and raised in Carbondale, Colorado, Jazmin Contreras embarked on her medical journey with a degree in Kinesiology from Colorado Mesa University, where she graduated at the top of her class in 2020. Her early professional life included a significant role in a chiropractic office, where she gained an appreciation for the interconnectedness of whole-body health. This experience laid the groundwork for her holistic view of healthcare. Fluent in both English and Spanish, Jazmin leveraged her linguistic skills as a medical interpreter, greatly enhancing her communication capabilities and deepening her understanding of patient needs and concerns. This role proved essential in her development as a healthcare provider, enabling her to effectively bridge cultural and linguistic barriers in medical settings. Jazmin's career trajectory took a definitive turn when she joined Denver Dentistry. Under the guidance of Dr. Grabiak, she was introduced to an innovative holistic approach to dental care that aligned with her own values and aspirations. It was here that Jazmin found her calling, thriving in an environment that embraced both traditional and alternative medical philosophies. Known for her robust critical thinking and problem-solving skills, Jazmin is passionate about educating her patients on the nuances of holistic dentistry. She is dedicated to demystifying dental care, ensuring her patients not only receive top-notch treatment but also understand the broader implications of oral health on overall well-being. When not at the clinic, Jazmin and her husband indulge in the great outdoors, pursuing activities such as hiking, camping, and kayaking. These adventures not only satisfy their love for nature but also provide Jazmin with a refreshed perspective and renewed energy, which she brings back to her patients and her practice.
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Lizmar Thurber

Expanded Duties Dental Assistant

Lizmar Thurber is a highly experienced Expanded Duties Dental Assistant, distinguished by her extensive background in both traditional and holistic dental practices. Her educational journey began at the University of Florida, College of Dentistry’s Division of Continuing Education, where she specialized in Expanded Duties of Dental Auxiliary Personnel, Radiological Health, and Safety in 2002. She further enhanced her credentials by earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology with an emphasis in Pre-Medicine from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona, in 2015. In her role, Lizmar leverages a robust skill set tailored to holistic dental care. She has a profound understanding of holistic health practices and is skilled in using biocompatible materials for dental procedures, such as fillings and crowns, to reduce toxicity. Her empathetic demeanor and excellent interpersonal skills are pivotal in alleviating patient fears, thereby creating a comforting and reassuring environment. Known for her bilingual proficiency in English and Spanish, Lizmar effectively communicates with a diverse patient base, providing clear explanations of holistic dental treatments and procedures. Lizmar's exceptional communication abilities and her capacity to adapt to various treatment modalities are essential in navigating the unique aspects of holistic dental care. Her versatility and adaptability make her an invaluable asset to any dental team, enhancing patient care with a comprehensive, patient-centered approach. Beyond her professional endeavors, Lizmar cherishes the time spent with her family. Together with her husband, and their sons, she actively participates in various sports activities. They frequently travel for the Colorado Prospects baseball club and engage in other sports like basketball and soccer. Additionally, Lizmar serves her community as a worship pastor, where she shares her passion for music and guides others in their spiritual journey with Christ.

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