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New Trends in Holistic Pediatric Dentistry


Does your child grind or clench their teeth? Do they suffer from breathing or airway issues, or enlarged tonsils, and/or adenoids? Do they keep you awake because they have sleep apnea or acid reflux/GERD issues? Acidic juices in a bottle can cause your baby’s teeth to decay, but even breastmilk can be acidic if the mother has low pH. 

Traditional dentists avoid treating these conditions, but when the body’s physiological response is to grind away teeth needed for chewing, nutrition, and speech, ask yourself what’s more important than that. Think in terms of natural and holistic solutions. The answer is healthy breathing habits, alkaline hydration, and an analysis of the sleep environment. Lack of each of these will harm facial development and interpersonal connection (speech). Unless there’s acute pathology or trauma, most pediatric dental diseases are preventable, but you must be treated by a holistically trained specialist who will seek to review your family’s diet and lifestyle.

If you’re a parent, you can use litmus paper to pH-test your child’s saliva for five days upon their waking. Visually examine your child’s tonsils to see if they are swollen or have a funky smell, which may be a bacterial infection. Pay attention to your child’s sleep habits, including snoring, and look for chapped lips and dark circles under their eyes. Is your child overactive during the day (wired but tired)? That’s usually misdiagnosed as ADHD, but more often it’s caused by poor sleep, airway issues, or poor diet.

We advocate that parents build a team of holistic practitioners: pediatricians, ENT, myofunctional therapists, nutritionists, and of course the right pediatric dentist, to support their child’s natural awakening.

What Is a Holistic Pediatric Dentist?

Choosing between traditional (overly aggressive) and biological dentistry is one of the most important decisions a parent makes. Your child’s baby teeth, and their eventual permanent teeth, need to be examined on a regular basis. If you are the type of person that hates going to the dentist, holistic dentistry might be the right choice for you.

 Dr. Parnian Yazdi is a board-certified pediatric dentist. Her dental care relates to the entire child. As a pediatric specialist, she loves building a lifelong relationship with families. She’s a “tooth whisperer,” with strong but gentle behavior-management skills. She uses prevention strategies and dietary counseling to get to the root cause of problems. Dr. Yazdi offers free salivary pH testing and alkaline oral-cleanse solutions.

It’s critical for your child to develop a positive relationship with their dentist in the early stages of life and to establish the right dental home. Dr. Yazdi recognizes that a dental visit can be an “exciting” experience for your child and that every patient is unique. Therefore she utilizes customized behavior-management techniques and even provides desensitization visits, if needed, to make each child feel their best about their dental home. 

 Dr. Yazdi is committed to providing compassionate children's dentistry in a Covid-safe environment. She is careful to make the dental experience pleasant and fear-free for even the youngest children.

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The Holistic Dental Practice Philosophy

  • Never use mercury or BPA fillings.

  • Provide alternatives to root canal.

  • Practice non-extraction functional orthodontics.

  • Use preventative nutritional therapies.

  • Promote remineralization of incipient decay.

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