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Newsletter: Better Living Through Better Teeth #1

Mar 27, 2024 | Newsletters

biological dentist Dr. Guy GrabiakWelcome to the very first issue of Dr. Grabiak’s quarterly newsletter, Better Living Through Better Teeth (and gums and jaws and airway, too)!

As a patient in Dr. Grabiak’s biological dental practice, you’ve already taken an important step towards amplifying your overall health and wellbeing. Our newsletter aims to support you by providing the latest news and helpful information related to holistic dentistry and optimal mouth/body health.

Each issue will feature topics like the links between oral and systemic health; oral barriers to whole body health and wellness; nutrition and other natural ways to improve oral health; and much more. We’ll also keep you up to date on happenings here in the office and the advanced tools, technologies, and techniques we offer to help you keep your smile healthy and looking great.

We want this newsletter to be a valuable resource as you take charge of your health through natural, biocompatible dental care. Our goal is to educate and empower you with the knowledge you need to make informed decisions, adopt beneficial daily practices, implement dietary improvements, and better understand our whole-body approach to dentistry.

We hope you find the newsletter both interesting and useful. We always welcome your feedback and input for topics you’d like us to cover. Just send them to us at denverdentistry@proton.me.

And now, on with the rest of our inaugural issue…

 

NEW ON OUR BLOG

HR5 Salivary Testing for More Personalized, Targeted Gum Disease Treatment

Maintaining healthy gums is a pretty big deal. Not only has gum disease been linked to brain health; it’s also linked with heart disease, stroke, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic kidney disease, and even some cancers.

magnifying glass over teeth revealing bacteriaYet to diagnose periodontal (gum) disease and develop treatment plans, many dentists continue to rely overwhelmingly on technology invented nearly 90 years ago: the periodontal probe. Unfortunately, a probe can only measure the amount of damage that’s been done by infection in the gingival tissues. It can tell you nothing about the specific pathogens that set the immune process into chronic damage mode, spurring inflammation.

“Because every infection is different,” says Dr. Tom Nabors, Chief of Oral Systemic Medicine at Direct Diagnostics, “it makes zero scientific sense to treat every patient as if they have the same infection.”

We agree – which is exactly why Dr. Grabiak orders a special salivary test for all Denver Dental patients: the HR5 High Risk Pathogen Test. It’s the first step in early detection and prevention…

Keep reading

 

EU Votes for Total Ban on Mercury Fillings

chemical symbol for mercury with red line through itWhile conventional dentistry in the US continues to insist that the mercury amalgam used to make “silver” fillings is safe, more of the world is striding toward a mercury-free future. Most recently, the European Union voted to completely ban dental mercury, including its export and import, effective January 1, 2025. Learn more

Federal Judge to Decide the Future of Fluoridation

child's hands filling glass of water from tapAfter years of legal wrangling, hearings were finally held in a federal case that could spell the end of water fluoridation due to concern over fluoride’s neurotoxicity. The case, Food & Water Watch v. EPA, is notable as the first time a citizen’s petition under the Toxic Substances Control Act has advanced this far. A ruling is expected within the coming weeks. Learn more

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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