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Natural Awakenings Space & Treasure Coast Florida

Smile Design and Wellness Center

May 01, 2018 08:02PM ● By Chris Edwards, DDS, ND, Rob Brown, DDS

Often at Smile Design and Wellness Center (SDWC) healthy mothers come to the office who can’t believe that their children have cavities even though they feed them a sugar-free diet. They are startled to learn that when they kiss and share food with their children they are inoculating them with their own pathogenic bacteria. Oftentimes they are overdue at the dentist and have put their families first.

Their advanced training in Biologic Dentistry has made the doctors at SDWC acutely aware of the importance of grooming a healthy microbiome in all their patients’ mouths. A new patient exam starts with a live plaque analysis. A swab of plaque between the teeth is placed on a microscopic slide and the patient and doctor are able to view on a video monitor through dark field microscopy the quality, intensity and mobility of the patients’ oral microbiome. Ozone and xylitol are just two of the forward thinking strategies that they employ to alter and improve the microbiome.

The microbiome is the collection of all the microorganisms, good and bad that live in us and on us. Bacteria was once considered to be the enemy but now we know that a well-groomed microbiome is crucial to optimal health.

In 2000 the US Surgeon General said it best, that the mouth is the “mirror” of health and disease in the body. If we think of the gastrointestinal tract as a river, then the mouth is the headwater – the source of that river. It sets the stage for everything that comes after in the gastrointestinal tract and in the whole body.

Smile Design and Wellness Center

Chris Edwards, DDS, ND

Rob Brown, DDS

5445 Village Drive

Viera, FL 32955