by Gina Cronin
When it comes to pediatric dentistry, many parents are seeking practitioners who are more conservative in their approach and attempt to heal teeth naturally. When Dr. Abramczyk evaluates and diagnoses cavities, she also gathers a diet and oral hygiene history while looking at motivation patterns in the child and patients. From mercury to fluoride, guardians are straying away from many conventional practices that are proving to have adverse effects; and instead choosing methods that are responsible, safe and effective for their little ones. Dr. Robyn Abramczyk, DDS, NMD, IBDM, MS of Smile Ranch Dentistry, practices general dentistry with a holistic approach, and is a member of the International Holistic Dental Association, International Affiliation of Tongue-Tie Professionals Dental Amalgam Mercury Solutions, among many other associations.
“Many of the parents who come to me are extremely educated and well-read, and choose natural and organic products for themselves and their families,” says Dr. Abramczyk. “They visit my office because they are aware of the effect of fluoride on the physiological system and are seeking safe and biocompatible materials.” Some patients come in for a second, third or fourth opinion on treatment plans, such as baby root canals, where other dentists are suggesting to place stainless steel crown or silver filling. Dr. Abramczyk instead uses composite, white fillings that are organic, non-toxic, biocompatible, fluoride-free, gluten-free, BPA-free, heavy metal-free and much safer for kids. Dr. Abramczyk discusses diet supplements, homeopathy and mineral pastes that often help remineralize teeth and potentially avoid invasive treatment plans. When a child needs fillings, Dr. Abramczyk cleans out the cavity and ozonates the tooth, before placing the biocompatible composite. She also uses a fluoride-free mineral toothpaste.
“We also have patients who have been diagnosed with methy- lenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) mutations,” says Dr. Abramczyk. “These patients are poor detoxifiers, so we need to ap- proach them differently with diet and supplementation. It’s also not appropriate to administer nitrous oxide or laughing gas to those with an MTHFR mutation, as patients, especially children, can respond negatively.” Parents who bring their children in for extensive treatments do have the option of IV sedation, where a medical doctor who is an anesthesiologist can come in to administer it.
Many parents also bring their children in for a frenectomy, which is a procedure used to correct a congenital condition when the lingual (tongue) or labial (lip) frenulum is tight, resulting in restriction of function potentially resulting in difficulty breastfeeding and other concerns such as dental, digestive and speech issues. After the procedure, Dr. Abramczyk educates parents on stretches that they will need to assist the baby in performing post operatively. There is also a cranial sacral therapist and body worker on staff at Smile Ranch Dentistry, who can aid in the release, resulting in better speech, increased vocabulary and rapid healing of the condition.
Smile Ranch Dentistry is committed to making sure each visit is relaxing for the child. Before treat- ments, there are homeopathic supplements, massage therapy, essential oils and more that can be utilized to keep children calm. “We really like the parents to play role in every decision,” says Abramczyk. “We are supportive of what parents want to do and they are never pressured on treatment options. Whether they want to come back into the room for procedures, use nitrous oxide to calm their children or call in a doctor for IV sedation, the options are available.”
Aside from the many treatments currently available for kids, Smile Ranch Dentistry will be welcoming another doctor to the team this spring, who will be providing a very unique orthodontic approach. The orthodontist is classically trained, but provides the increasingly popular functional orthodontics. This alternative to straightening teeth offers natural growth guidance that ensures a child has a correctly size maxima and mandible, which allows the teeth to align naturally, and improves the airways. Both the structure and the function of the lips, tongue and facial muscles are evaluated and harmonized for maximum orthodontic result.
Location: 6700 Horizon Rd, Heath. To learn more, call 972-772-7645 or visit www.SmileRanchDentistry.com.
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