Littleton, CO dentist Dr. Guy Grabiak and team celebrate case study award for long-term healthy results with their patient.

The Mouth-Body Connection: How Your Dentist Can Transform Your Health

Jan 16, 2024 | Holistic & Biological Dentistry

Most Americans understand that oral health and overall health are very much intertwined. Yet our healthcare system continues to view dentistry and medicine as very much separate. (How this came to be is a long but fascinating tale. Interested? Here’s a quick overview.)

The anatomical, biological, and physiological reality is that the mouth and body are absolutely connected, physically and energetically. As Dr. Reinhold Voll taught, up to 90% of all systemic health problems have an oral health component.

Gum disease, for instance, raises your risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic kidney disease, cognitive decline, and even some cancers. “Silver” mercury amalgam fillings can contribute to neurological, cardiovascular, endocrine, and other health issues. Hidden infections such as cavitations can fuel an impressive array of health problems, including autoimmune and inflammatory disorders.

Biological dentistry has been at the forefront of both identifying aspects of mouth/body health and developing standards of care for treating oral barriers to whole body health through a combination of modern clinical dentistry and complementary therapies to support optimal health outcomes.

This understanding of and respect for oral/systemic connections is one thing that defines the kind of dentistry we do here at Denver Dentistry in Littleton, CO.

Being holistic as well as biological in our approach, one of our primary aims is to do more than just treat symptoms. We seek to identify the root causes of disease, including nutritional, toxic, inflammatory, and stress imbalances that can impact oral and whole body health alike.

We focus on using only biocompatible materials and techniques so that, at minimum, the mouth doesn’t become a barrier to excellent overall health. When dental problems do arise, we favor addressing them through the most conservative, least invasive means possible. We strongly emphasize prevention, stressing not only oral hygiene but nutrition and lifestyle habits that support total health.

This philosophical and practical orientation naturally lends itself to another key to providing our patients with the best oral health care possible: precision dentistry.

Also known as personalized dentistry, precision dentistry involves using advanced diagnostics to understand the unique needs of each and every patient. Tools like salivary testing, MELISA, ELISA, heavy metals testing, and much more give us insight to the specific challenges each patient faces so we can address them just as specifically.

The mouth acts as a gateway between oral and overall health. Dental professionals like us who are focused on the mouth-body connection in turn help patients transform wellbeing from inside out.

We are honored to have a role in opening the door to renewed energy, empowerment, and wider joy through optimal mouth/body health.

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


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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