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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

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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.

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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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