Journey to Develop into a “BioLogical” Healer


Ten years in the past this month, I began my dental well being weblog. An important a part of my affected person care is giving my sufferers info. Appointment instances are far too quick to scrape tartar, polish enamel, take x-rays or perio probe gums, and get the physician to do an examination AND do affected person schooling.  So, because of my beautiful daughter and editor, I began writing weekly articles for my sufferers.

 Queen of Dental Hygiene was born.   

I like being a dental hygienist. Extra particularly, I like being a organic dental healthcare healer.  How is organic dental healthcare totally different from conventional hygiene and why did I take this street in my profession? In honor of ten years of scripting this weblog and now unveiling the brand new and improved web site, I assumed it time to “return in time” and clarify how and why I took this street. It really was unconventional.

The Starting

From the start, I went into dental hygiene as a result of I wished to work in healthcare. The human physique is fascinating, and I wished to “assist folks” and most significantly, to be a healer.  My orthodontist provided me a job whereas in highschool doing submitting. He modified my life along with his variety invitation to hitch his workers.

 I watched the hygienists within the workplace and thought- that appears straightforward, I can try this. HA! Little did I do know, this is able to be probably the most difficult of all my education. Two years and plenty of heartaches later, I then moved on to UNC-CH to get a level in Dental Auxiliary Instructor Training. Whereas doing my scholar educating, I noticed in a short time I couldn’t train what I didn’t expertise firsthand. So, I discovered a place in a high-end dental apply. I used to be decided to be “that healer.” As a substitute, I used to be little greater than the oral janitor and cleansing girl. I pumped sufferers out and in as quick as I may, throwing their “free” toothbrush at them as I shuttled them to the door. 

It was boring. It was thankless, and it was terrible. I used to be hardly a healer. There was no method I wished to show this, not to mention apply this fashion for 20 years. I barely made it by one yr. I left the career, put down my scaler, and moved on to graduate college. Something was higher than this.

Fortunately, I did dental gross sales and walked right into a dental workplace that had a part distinction microscope. I may see the micro organism shifting and waving at me. I shortly requested for a job there and fortunately, they mentioned sure. I fell in love with my career. Seeing the pathogens that contribute to dental illness and an infection allowed me to develop into the healer I at all times dreamed of being.

I stayed there for 3 years and soaked up as a lot nonsurgical modulated monitored periodontal remedy as I may. Dr Paul Keyes improved my dental world without end. I then moved to Washington State.

Dr Paul H Keyes
Dr. Paul Keyes – Dental Pioneer and Trailblazer

The Dental Hygiene Occupation

Dental hygiene, as a career, is over 100 years previous, but little has modified in how we look after enamel and gums. The devices and philosophy stayed the identical. Our purpose was nonetheless to scrape tartar off enamel, and “polish” with a rubber cup to take away plaque. In class, we have been graded on how successfully we eliminated tartar. We failed our state board exams if we left a mere seven items of tartar in your entire mouth (ask me how I do know…). Tartar elimination was the place we spent all our time and vitality. This to me made no sense. We spend 90% of our time on 10% of the issue…

I used to be taught that for those who may solely get all of the tartar out, and perhaps train the affected person to floss- miracles would occur. Tissues would cease bleeding, tooth decay would disappear, and all could be effectively and wholesome. 

Sadly, for me, that was not occurring. Had been my sufferers lazy, unmotivated, or didn’t hear my inspiring floss lectures?  Hardly. They continued to have illness, bleeding gums, bone loss, and holes of their enamel, even when they did all the things I advisable. All my sensible solutions have been for naught. Even with utilizing my microscope on each affected person, educating and educating them on the worth of electrical brushes, water flossers, and the wonders of fluoride, dental illness nonetheless didn’t lower.

My sufferers weren’t lazy in any respect. They have been doing their best. But, the an infection, bleeding and decay remained. It was me, the operator, that wanted to change my info. What I used to be doing and suggesting had modified little from hygiene college.  I prided myself on my affected person care and data however even after 20 years within the career, I used to be little greater than a parrot, repeating the identical jargon time and again.

The Journey Begins

I flew to Phoenix for a course on the Academy of Beauty Esthetics aptly named the ACE Convention) to be taught extra in regards to the newest and best in treating periodontal illness. The final speaker, Dr. William Domb modified the trajectory of my profession. He spoke about one thing I had by no means heard of earlier than. He talked about oxygen-ozone remedy and the way this fuel of tremendous oxygen may heal. I used to be on the sting of my seat. By Saturday afternoon, many of the different workers people have been lengthy gone to the pool. The room was principally empty. However, I used to be paying for it myself, and I used to be hungry for info. I wished each final piece of data.

Oxygen-Ozone Remedy

 Invoice spoke and I used to be riveted. Tremendous oxygen may kill micro organism, fungi, parasites, and viruses – INSTANTLY.  Sport changer! All of the issues I noticed on my microscope.  Now I had a solution to permeate my sufferers’ microbiome and assist them heal. Antibiotics can by no means penetrate the plaque microbiome. It solely kills the free-floating bugs within the bloodstream, and a few across the edges of the plaque matrix. It does nothing to the deeper microbial life beneath.  The micro organism are so good. They create a sticky shell masking much like an igloo that protects them. They stay fortunately beneath this dome below the gumline, consuming all the identical meals you eat, particularly these cookies and candies.  However oxygen-ozone – BAM, useless.  Ten seconds of ozone fuel kills them, even inside the biofilm.  

phate – 1

My dental hygiene strategy was modified without end. I simply needed to get my reluctant dentist on board. It took a yr of persistence and schooling – change is troublesome. Listening to one thing new that goes in opposition to entrenched philosophies takes a leap of religion and considerate evaluation of the science.  

Till she was able to embrace oxygen-ozone therapies, I used ozonated olive oil on each affected person and talked up ozone continuously. 

Oxygen-ozone remedy can be utilized in fuel type to insufflate the gum pockets. This straightforward “tremendous oxygen” fuel permeates the tissues and the tooth tubules the place these nasty buggers stay and conceal out. The place I couldn’t attain with my instruments, fuel simply will get. Ozonating water is the subsequent method oxygen-ozone is used. This “tremendous oxygenated water” flushes the contaminated pockets and enamel to cease these showers of micro organism flooding the physique inflicting bacteremia. Identical to treating a wound in your hand to cleanse and disinfect it, ozonated water does the identical beneath the gumline. For dwelling care, I exploit ozone oils.  Sufferers can simply buy this Vaseline-like gel to make use of at dwelling to disinfect each day. I recommend making use of with piksters, toothpicks, or tender picks, or dipping their floss into the oil and dealing the gel in between the enamel.  Sport modified! Having a product that immediately kills micro organism and different pathogens allowed me to start out my therapeutic schooling and journey to organic healthcare.

Myofunctional Problems

From Oxygen-Ozone remedy, I subsequent discovered in regards to the airway, sleep apnea, loud night breathing, respiratory, and facial growth. Studying about myofunctional issues and sleep apnea was one other convention the place I used to be on the sting of my seat. It’s so thrilling for me to be taught new issues that problem my mind. (Once I depart a convention the place my mind “hurts” I do know it was a terrific studying expertise.)  

Mouth Respiration is Dysfunctional Respiration

Myofunctional Remedy was the subsequent sport changer and power in my toolbox.  All dental illnesses have their roots in mouth respiratory. It’s not the one trigger however an enormous contributor, and until the affected person is nasal respiratory, the mouth will by no means heal. Mouth respiratory reduces the quantity of oxygen within the physique and creates hypoxia within the cells. No oxygen – the cells haven’t any vitality. Tooth decay and bleeding gums received’t finish when there may be mouth respiratory. Why is that this not normal schooling for each dental hygienist? Why was I simply studying about this 30-plus years into my profession? (And right here, I assumed I knew all the things…)  Once more, my reluctant employer was not on board.

The Nudge I Wanted

After over 20 years collectively, my reluctant employer gave me a job overview that broke my coronary heart. She wished me to vary, to be a extra “conventional” dental hygienist. To cease speaking a lot, to disregard all that I used to be studying and as a substitute return to being the pumice-pushing tooth scraper I had been at my first job.  As a substitute of adjusting myself, I modified the trajectory of my profession.  

Fortunately I discovered there was such a factor as organic dental well being care and that I had already discovered lots of the items that make up this healthcare puzzle ofbiological dentistry.  Organic dental care is a philosophy that appears past the enamel and gums to the basis causes of dental illness in addition to oral most cancers.  I discovered that oral illnesses have been simply signs of larger systemic points inside the physique. Attempting to heal the enamel and gums with out addressing the basis causes was like spitting into the ocean. No surprise my therapies weren’t working. Though I had the microscope, ozone, and airway, with out the mobile well being, vitamin, correct chewing, addressing the chemical compounds and toxins in processed meals and the surroundings, the mineral and vitamin deficiencies, iron dysregulation,  jaw enlargement points, sleep, extra toxins within the mouth reminiscent of mercury fillings, respiratory, even my beloved fluoride (which is now not beloved!) have been all half and parcel of sickness and creating an surroundings the place therapeutic may by no means happen. Tossing floss at my sufferers on the finish of appointments was by no means going to resolve the issue.

 So started my actual dental schooling. My weblog, now 10 years previous grew to become my education. With a view to develop into the healer I had at all times dreamed of turning into, I needed to look past the mouth. I began studying. My e-book checklist is hooked up to the weblog. I hope you get to learn a e-book or two on my checklist. I began researching and attending each convention I may discover. My purpose is to have over 100 hours of constant schooling yearly. There may be a lot to be taught and our data base is tripling nearly hourly. Doing the identical factor day after day is now not an possibility. We should customise our dental well being care to suit our sufferers’ wants.

Whereas it was initially scary to go away an workplace I had been in for over 20 years, to be out of my consolation zone and discover new dental worlds, I’m so grateful for this push (or relatively shove, because the case could also be). I’d not have performed this alone – I liked my sufferers and was very completely happy the place I used to be. For me, typically one of the best issues in life occur from trauma and/or unhappiness. It pressured me to push myself and develop. It may have been a scary world however really, it was the perfect factor to occur to me.

Running a blog and Studying

I like studying and sharing this necessary info. In writing my weblog so many great doorways have opened for me. I’ve been revealed in a number of magazines. I’ve had many alternatives to converse professionally and have met so many great colleagues who’ve develop into pals. It has allowed me to be mentored after which stand on the shoulders of these giants. Now I’ve the chance to offer again and mentor our subsequent technology of dental hygienists. Studying about organic dental care has opened my eyes to the true causes of dental illness in addition to systemic illnesses and continual diseases. It modifications all the things I assumed I knew.  

Dental illnesses are only a symptom of deeper issues on the mobile degree. All systemic well being begins within the mouth. If we solely consider tartar elimination and plaque biofilm disruption, we miss the larger systemic points that created the mess within the mouth. Dental hygienists are a lot greater than cleansing women and oral janitors.  We really are the kings and queens of healthcare.

The Way forward for BioLogical Dental Healthcare

Dental well being should look deeper and alter the best way we do our work. There’ll at all times be dental hygienists who like scaling and sharpening, however maybe we will have a second tier- much like nursing the place we have now ranges of care from totally different dental suppliers. These organic dental therapist specialists could possibly be analyzing blood work, discussing mobile oxygenation, reviewing dietary evaluation, doing salivary diagnostic testing and part distinction microscopy, and training myofunctional remedy on each affected person, younger and previous. We are able to do higher as a career.


This Fall, my fellow Organic Dental Healthcare pals, Kathryn Gilliam and Francis Horning and I can be internet hosting a BioLogical Mini Residency and Retreat. It will likely be in Seattle and can have a hands-on coaching portion in my beloved dental workplace Inexperienced Metropolis Dental. We are going to apply and be taught on all of the organic instruments we use. For my fellow dental hygienists and dentists who need to increase their data base and develop exponentially of their career, please let me know. We are going to restrict the course to twenty indivivuals. Find out about vitamin, microscopy, salivary diagnostics, ozone therapies, vitality and a lot extra.

Be part of me as I enterprise into the subsequent ten years of dental-medical studying and sharing. Thanks for being a reader and learner. It has been my best achievement and I admire your being alongside for this experience.

A lot Love,

Barbara Tritz BRDH, MSB, BSDATE

Blogster, Organic Dental Healthcare Practitioner, Organic Pioneer and Trailblazer


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