Healthy Roots Dentistry: Holistic Care with Nothing to FearAug 05, 2021 12:39AM ● By Shanna Warner
Dr. John Garrett started Healthy Roots Dentistry with his chiropractor wife, Dr. Kristen, because they saw a need for a holistic approach to dentistry. Holistic or biological dentistry is different because it looks at how dental health can be connected to other health concerns. Many people recognize that their body functions as a whole, and they seek doctors that, while specialized, acknowledge and incorporate total health and wellness into their area of expertise.
As a profession, dentists are seeing patients that are looking for more alternative or holistic care. While some dentists are still placing mercury fillings, holistic or biological dentists no longer are and are in fact helping to remove older mercury fillings. Dr. Garrett sees dentistry slowly changing and moving in this positive direction.
One of the main benefits that patients regularly experience at Healthy Roots is the calm and welcoming team atmosphere. They aim to be completely transparent about their values as a business and all the options for care in their office. The focus is on clear and open communication, because Healthy Roots considers themselves a part of each patient’s team, working together to help reach health goals. They can even help with referrals to other holistic providers to help each patient on their individualized health journey.
They make dental health easier and less stressful by encouraging routine cleanings to maintain proper dental health. This also is the best way to catch problems when they are small and can be easily remedied. They don’t use fluoride in their routine cleanings, and since he is certified in the Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique (SMART), Dr. Garrett can remove old mercury fillings safely. They use advanced dental technology to catch and remove hidden dental infections that are impacting the patient's overall health. They also do more advanced work with crowns and implants, even helping patients with sinus lifts when there is not enough bone initially for an implant.
As parents and children transition into new school routines at this time of year, Healthy Roots helps to make it easier for families to get their dental needs scheduled. As a family practice, they are able to see every member of the family, making life easier for parents who no longer have to find separate providers. And trips to the dentist are more fun at Healthy Roots—they offer Netflix for patients that prefer to forget they are at the dentist office.
Creating a relationship with families and patients is the motivating force for Dr. Garrett and the whole team at Healthy Roots. Helping individual patients and whole families navigate toward better health forges a long-term bond. They even have patients that drive several hours to Tulsa just for the specialized care they provide.
Dr. Garrett sees the increased need and desire for specialized care in all the patients that seek out his holistic approach. “We’re continuing to grow. We opened this practice two years ago as a part-time, one day a week practice and are moving to full-time this September.” Dr. Garrett credits the committed staff and wonderful customers and patients for Healthy Roots’ rapid growth. Each happy, holistic smile from a healthier patient is shared with family and friends. This helps Dr. Garrett and his staff continue to grow and offer state-of-the-art dentistry.
If anyone asks Dr. Garrett about the number one health problem facing people today, his answer might surprise them. He believes fear and isolation are the most pressing issues that contribute to poor health. Their staff works hard to make sure that patients realize that they need not be afraid of the dentist and that they are not alone—there is a whole team willing and able to help. He encourages each patient, “Give your dental health the same importance as you would your most vital organ. If there is infection or decay in your mouth, it impacts your overall health and shouldn’t be taken lightly.”
Dr. John Garrett is a Tulsa native. He attended the University of Oklahoma’s College of Dentistry, where he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) accreditation and became a member of the ADA. He is also an accredited member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) and is Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique (SMART) certified.