Dentistry for the Entire BodyMay 27, 2021 11:53PM ● By Shanna Warner
“Many patients seek treatment for their dental needs, forgetting that the entire body works together in sickness and in health,” according to Dr. John Garrett at Healthy Roots Dentistry, in Tulsa.
Dr. Garrett and his wife, Dr. Kristen Garrett, started their biological dental practice in Tulsa after studying the effects of mercury and other toxins on the body. They encourage their patients to watch a video on their website titled “The Smoking Tooth.” It shows mercury vapor being discharged from mercury amalgam fillings. Mercury is a known toxin that negatively affects the entire body.
Dr. John completed his DDS degree in 2013 and is a member of the Oklahoma Dental Association (ODA) and the American Dental Association (ADA). He received his International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) certification in 2016. The IAOMT is a global network of health professionals who provide mercury-free and fluoride-free biological dentistry. They research the biocompatibility of dental products and provide scientific resources that review the risks and benefits of healthcare options.
Dr. Kristen received her Doctorate of Chiropractic in 2013 and comes from a family of holistic practitioners. When she and Dr. John met several years ago, her holistic influence made a difference in the way he viewed his patients and his practice. It changed the way he sees dentistry today.
Dr John offers traditional dental procedures in accordance with the ADA, but he offers them in a holistic and safe manner. In his biological dental practice, dental procedures are fluoride-, BPA- and mercury-free. They also use products that are free of gluten, dye and latex. As an additional benefit, they use ozone in their procedures, which is a naturally occurring antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal.
They offer more than just safer products and procedures at their dental practice. Patients’ health histories really matter to a holistic dentist. When patients come to the office, they fill out a very detailed health history. Dr. John carefully reviews it with each patient, taking hours to understand each patient’s mouth and medical history as a whole. Dr. John likes to tell his patients, “Dental infections are connected to the whole body, and what happens in your mouth affects the rest of the body.”
As the office manager, Dr. Kristen also helps incorporate the holistic approach into the practice by facilitating the access to information from chiropractors, osteopathic doctors and naturopaths. She helps make those connections for the dental patients.
Healthy Roots Dentistry began with a focus on discovering the root problems and solutions for basic health concerns. They promote having healthy food, a healthy family, a healthy immune system and a healthy body, and they are passionate about the role teeth play in achieving these goals.
Beginning in November, as their practice is growing, they are expanding their office hours, with an additional full day of appointments available for patients to meet with Dr. John and the entire staff. They specialize in treating children and adults, welcoming the entire family to their office.