Holistic and Biological Dentistry
What is Biological Dentistry?
Holistic often called Biological dental practitioners, consider overall and emotional well-being of a person while assessing dental health. Biological dentists are preserving and nurturing natural dentition and take minimal invasion Approach. Holistic dentists use nontoxic, metal free and biocompatible materials while placing restorations. Biological and Holistic dentist use natural therapies often used in adjunction with conventional to diagnose, prevent and treat dental diseases.
What is Meridian Tooth Chart?
Meridian Tooth Chart is based on ancient Chinese medicine and acupuncture. Meridians function as a network, pathways of energy that spread across interconnected body parts, much like a highway system that mapped throughout the entire body. Holistic dentist are paying great attention to the Meridian Tooth Chart and can often assess patients overall state of wellbeing, simply by evaluating their oral health. If a particular system or organ exhibits a weakness, any condition on the tooth that is associated with that organ could exaggerate the problem. Unfortunately, Holistic dentistry and dental evaluation is in many cases a “last resort” when it comes to treating chronic diseases. At Bio Dental we encourage people to take proactive Approach and to take care of their health before symptoms will appear.
What Is Safe Mercury Amalgam filling removal?
All silver-colored fillings are called dental amalgam, and they contain about fifty percent Mercury. Those amalgam fillings are still placed in the majority of the states. Mercury is constantly released from dental amalgam fillings and it is absorbed and retained in the body, particularly in the brain, kidney, liver, lung, and gastrointestinal tract. The amount of Mercury released depends mostly on the amount of fillings a person has in his mouth and other activities, such as: chewing, teeth-grinding, and the consumption of hot liquids. At Bio Dental we safely remove amalgam, Mercury fillings and replacing them with biocompatible, BPA free resin composites, while following protocol recommended by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. Dr. Baranovitch is a SMART certified by IAOMT and follows their protocol with all details in place. We also provide additional supplementation.
In order to protect our patients and our team we take strict precautions:
- Isolation of the tooth with rubber dam and intraoral full suction system
- External high speed air vacuum used during the procedure along with Ozonated water system and Ozonated air insufflation of the tooth
- Complete isolation of all surfaces exposed including skin, hair, eyes and face with protective wear
- Amalgam removed in large chunks in order to minimize vapor exposure
- Water sprayed continuously through a hand piece and air-water syringe to push Mercury particles to the suction line
- Oxygen provided to the patient through the nasal cannula
- A Negative Ion Generator used at all times and collects Mercury particles released into the air
- Restoring with biocompatible materials
- Rinsing with activated charcoal or chlorella to make sure there are no traces ingested
What is Salivary pH?
Saliva is one of the most significant elements that maintain good oral health. The PH test measures a salivary acidity or alkalinity. The measure ranges from 0 to 14, with 7 representing neutrality. The recommended pH of saliva should range between 6.7 and 7.4, keeping it relatively neutral and protecting the oral environment. For example, black coffee and sugar are acidic foods which fall below pH 7. Broccoli and avocado are alkaline foods and will keep the pH above 7.
What is Salivary pH testing?
At Bio Dental we will measure salivary pH with a level test strip or litmus paper. We will collect a saliva sample from the patient and will place the strip inside, the paper will change color associated with a particular pH level. The color is ranging from red – strong acidic environment to dark blue/purple indicating alkaline environment. Salivary pH testing is playing a significant role in understanding and improving oral health by assessing pH and diet as risk factors for dental caries and dental erosion.
Tips to Restore Your Saliva’s pH
While at home, we recommend few steps you can take steps to help control your salivary pH and protect your teeth from acidic environment. .
- Avoid soft drinks and other acidic beverages.
- While drinking, do not swishing acidic beverages around your mouth.
- Rinse your mouth with water after every meal.
- Chew sugarless gum to increase your saliva flow and wash away acids.
Ozone therapy – What is Ozone?
Ozone is a naturally occurring gas. The molecule of Ozone consists of three oxygen atoms (O3) as opposed to an oxygen molecule that is made of only two oxygen atoms (O2). The extra oxygen molecule on Ozone is caring a negative charge and has a strong affinity to infections because they are positively charged, thus neutralizing the infection sites. Ozone gas is present in the upper atmosphere and shielding us from the harmful sun-rays. Ozone also disinfecting and purifying the air while binding to positively charged pollutants, this mechanism is greatly appreciated in medicine and dentistry.
What is Ozone therapy?
Ozone therapy is acceptable around the world, particularly in Europe. Ozone is a great antimicrobial agent that kills bacteria, viruses and fungi while harmless to the human cell. Ozone therapy is a unique form of therapy that both heals and detoxifies at the same time. Ozone therapy is used to treat a variety of dental disease including periodontal disease, cavity arrest, sensitivity and pediatric dentistry, used to speed up healing times with cold sores, mouth ulcers, and implants.
How Ozone therapies work?
Ozone gas has three oxygen atoms; the third atom is detached and is negatively charged. The single oxygen atom that is negatively charges is able to attach to outer coating of bacterial, viruses and fungi and kill it. Human’s cells have enzyme coating and is it impenetrable by Ozone, hence only bacterial viruses and fungi will be destroyed. Ozone kills bad and good bacterial to some extent, but good bacteria repopulate significantly faster than the bad one, thus makes this affect hardly noticeable.
Is Ozone toxic?
Like most things, including water and oxygen, Ozone is toxic if given in amounts that exceed the body’s capacity to utilize it. When it comes to Ozone, it is no different. Ozone is found naturally in the body and secreted during immune response. There are established guidelines that need to be followed while using medical Ozone in the office.
Dr. Baranovitch and her staff are trained and certified in Ozone therapy by Dr. Eric Zerimski, the founder of ozoneoils.
Why we use Ozone for the therapy?
- Ozone therapy is pain free and noninvasive treatment for adults and kids
- Improves circulation and oxygen supply
- Ozone kills ANY type; bacterial, fungal, parasitic and viral, infection – sinus, ears, nasal, throat and herpes.
- No pollutants created during treatment with Ozone
- Any waste water is safe and there is no chemical manufacture required
- Ozone therapy can be done in the dental chair during the appointment
What is Ozone water?
In order to make ozonated water Ozone gas is insufflated into water. Ozone gas is bubbled through the water and slowly dissolves until the water is saturated with it. At Bio Dental we Ozonate distilled water and use in during all procedures in the clinic. By ozonizing water we remove bacteria and disinfect everything that it comes in contact. Unlike water chlorination, ozonation doesn’t involve adding any chemicals or any other substances to the water. Ozonation is the most environmental purification of the water.
What is Ozone oil?
Very similar to the ozonated water, Ozone oil is made with Ozone gas that is insufflated into oil. Ozone gas is bubbled through the oil and slowly dissolves until the oil is saturated with it. Oil that is ozonated is a strong disinfectant and keeps its ability to kill bacteria for a very long time.
How Ozone is used in dentistry?
- Sensitivity reduction
- Painless treatment of bacteria and disinfection
- Periodontal treatment, treating gums and bacteria reduction
- Sinuses and ear infection treatment
- Nasal insufflation: Ozone (with olive oil bubbler – ozonides, not straight Ozone. Breathing straight Ozone can irritate the lungs and cause coughing) is supplied through nasal cannulas for a period of time. Best for allergies.
- Ear insufflation: Ozone is introduced to the ear canal and enters the lymphatic and blood system. Many patients have reported a wide variety of results including relief of allergies, relief of colds, clearing of sore throats and swollen glands.
- Prolozone: This is a regular prolotherapyinjection followed by Ozone injections into the same area.
- Lesion cupping: For non-healing intraoral lesions, infections, or herpes. The lesion is covered with an Ozone-resistant cup and exposed to the gas.
Prevention Approach and Fluoride free treatment
At Bio Dental we focus on prevention of decay. We educate our patient and monitor the progress and success. Is some cases restorations are unavoidable; we place fillings crowns and veneers. We use Fluoride Free and BPA Free Materials to restore the teeth. We use the most biocompatible materials that are known to be the least allergenic to humans. We respect parents’ choice and work together as one.
Nutrition is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Without good nutrition, we don’t have enough energy to make it through the day and to take care of our kids. Our health can decline without proper nutrition, making us more susceptible to illness and disease and affect our oral health. It is well known that a lot of diseases today are caused by an unhealthy diet. Nutrition counseling is a type of assessment that analyzes various health needs in regard to diet and activities. With proper guidelines we can help you to set achievable health goals and teaches various ways of maintaining these goals throughout your lifetime which eventually will reflect on your oral health as well.
One of the very important element of integrative dentistry is biocompatibility testing. At Bio Dental we offer Biocompatibility Testing for our patients. As we all different, we have different reaction to material used in dentistry. In order for material not to trigger any allergic reaction for a particular patient, biocompatibility test can be performed.
Biopsy and material compatibility testing
is performed to assess patients’ reaction to materials for fillings, crowns, bridges, dentures, implants, and anesthetic.
Biopsy and material compatibility testing is a simple blood test. The blood is drawn and test tubes are sent to the lab, where they will be tested for a presence of the antibodies IgG, and IgM with respect to each material. During this test 94 basic chemical groups and families of compounds are examined; correlation of findings with more than 17,204 dental restorative trade name products in 37 application categories.
Airways Centered Dentistry
Our life and daily activities depend on breathing, we are running on oxygen. Dentistry is a great environment to discover patient’s with obstructed airflow. Normal breathing is inhaled and exhaled through the nose, it is silent and natural. Normal breathing is necessary for a heathy, joyful and productive life. Snoring and teeth grinding are singes of airway obstruction and a main cause of Sleep Apnea. Please let us know if you experience one of the following:
- Do you clinch teeth?
- Are you a mouth breather?
- Do you grind teeth?
- Do you snore at night?
- Do you have interrupted sleep?
- Are you tired during the day?
- Do you have headaches or neck aches during the day?
- Are you overweight?
- Do you have depression or anxiety?
- Do you have diabetes or pre-diabetes?
- Were you diagnosed with sleep apnea?
Frenectomy kids and adults – What is Frenectomy?
A frenulum is a fold of tissue that anchors an organ, preventing it from moving around and restricting essential functions like; breast feeding, breathing problems and swallowing issues. The mouth is home to few different frenumes. Most common frenum is a tongue –tie or ankyloglossia, it attaches the tongue to the floor of the mouth. While the second common is a lip -tie and it secures the upper or lower lip to the gums. A frenectomy is a minor in-office oral surgical procedure that preformed with a soft tissue laser. During Frenectomy the connective tissue located under the tongue (tongue –tie or ankyloglossia) or the band of tissue that attaches the upper lip to the gums removed in order to allow free movement of the tongue and lips. Frenectomies can aid in prevention of future health problems like dental decay or spacing, speech difficulties, breathing, swallowing, and digestive issues.
Breast feeding is the most venerable and important time for the mother and a child. Successful breast feeding can have a huge impact on the child’s future life. An infant’s inability to breastfeed often results in the mother giving up breastfeeding entirely while being told that the problem is her fault, when the problems may actually result from restricted tongue and upper lip attachments – making normal function, mobility and breastfeeding difficult or even impossible.
Babies with ties may not maintain a latch for long enough to take in a full feeding, while others may remain attached to the breast for long periods of time without taking in enough milk. Some infants will feed only during the mother’s milk ejection reflex or “let-down” when the milk ejects more freely, but won’t continue to draw milk out of the breast when this slows. Bottle feeding allows milk to drip into the mouth without effort, thus requiring less tongue muscle effort than is needed for breastfeeding.
Does My Child Need a Frenectomy?
- Mother: Nursing pain for mom (bleeding cracked nipples)
- Mother: Mastitis and plugged ducts
- Mother: Lowering milk supply
- Child: has reflex or colic
- Child : Gassy
- Child: Difficulty latching during breastfeeding
- Child: unable to open the mouth widely
- Child: doesn’t gain weight
- Child: makes clicking sound while breastfeeding
- Child: Heart-shaped tip of the tongue
- Child: doesn’t sleep well
Adults and children
- Speech struggle, speech delay
- Narrow vaulted top jaw
- Lower jaw protrusion
- Eating, swallowing, digestive problems
- Gap between upper or lower front teeth
- Post orthodontic treatment gap closure
- Insufficient Airways
- Mouth breathing
Our Team Approach
Dr. Baranovitch will follow up with your referring practitioner and will work closely to achieve mutual goals. We also have a network of holistic and naturopathic practitioners that we can refer your child if needed. We allow your chiropractor and lactation consultant IBCLC to be present during Frenectomy treatment upon your request. Post-operative care is important in order for Frenectomy to be successful. Essentially, the baby must learn how to use his or her tongue in a new way. Some babies need no help at all and immediately breastfeed post-procedure, while other babies may need help by additional professionals.
- An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) can help improve latch, provide suck strengthening exercises and develop a feeding plan to address issues of latch, nipple healing, and low milk supply.
- A speech therapist, myofunctional therapist or developmental feeding therapist can help babies learn to use their tongues for more effective eating and speech.
- A chiropractor or craniosacral therapist can help babies to release tight muscles that have compensated for a tight frenulum or improper suck.
How is a Frenectomy done?
At Bio Dental, we accommodate patients from all across the DFW Motorplex area. We perform tongue tie and lip tie Frenectomies on infants, children, and teens and adults using a dedicated technology – specialized soft tissue laser. Soft tissue laser used to remove the oral tissue, it is the less invasive technique and causes minimal to no bleeding and discomfort. Infants are swaddled during the procedure, while older kids are treated in the dental chair. All patients and their family members are protected with appropriate eyewear during the procedure. We offer a choice of anesthetic for our patients and their ultimate comfort. The frenum is removed with laser basically vaporized by the highly focused laser beam rather than being cut with a scalpel. The use of soft tissue laser also enables fast and smooth healing process with fewer complications, which is very important for newborn and young children.
What to expect after Frenectomy?
The laser stimulates tissue healing, which can aid in promoting faster healing. Some kids are healing fast while for others it can take few days. Following a frenectomy for a breastfed child, mother can nurse immediately. If a local anesthetic has been used, your infant can have some difficulty at first. Breastmilk contains healing properties for your child and can provide them with comfort after the procedure is complete. It is recommended to breast feed or feed every few hours to maintain the frenums from attaching back. We will provide you with specific instructions for aftercare once the frenectomy is complete.
We are environmentally friendly
- We use Biodegradable Plastic
- We use Amalgam Separator to remove Mercury from the water supply
- We use Biocompatible material in our Restorations
- We use Eco Friendly materials to clean and sanitize
- We recycle
- We use digital radiology