The oral microbiome: Pediatric and Adult FM dentistry is the new frontier

Oct 3, 2023 | Dental health, Functional Medicine Dentistry, Immune System, oral microbiome

So In this podcast alone we are talking about the oral microbiome and dental health.  But it is sooo much more than that.  We don’t have to just do what the traditional dentist does or use the techniques that traditional dentistry has used for many many years  and some of them that are disruptive to our health.

Ok…let me introduce my guest in this podcast conversation.  Dr. Staci…

Dr. Staci Whitman is a Functional Kids’ Dentist in North Portland, Oregon. She is the founder of NoPo Kids Dentistry where she takes a whole-body, holistic, and functional approach with her patients. Her dentistry/practice is grounded by science and powered by love.

Doctor Staci attended Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and worked as a general dentist for 2 years before earning a certificate in pediatric dentistry from Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). She has always been passionate about children’s sleep and airway health, focusing her research in residency on how to improve airway assessments and diagnostic tools in the pediatric population.

In 2019, she founded NoPo Kids Dentistry with a mission to practice a whole-body approach to dentistry. She became a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry in 2012 and is a Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. She is also involved in many organized dentistry groups, including the Holistic Dental Association, the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, the International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine, and the American Association of Ozonotherapy. Doctor Staci also has Certification in Laser Proficiency and has taken numerous courses and training programs in children’s sleep and airway medicine, studying orofacial myofunctional therapy and craniosacral therapy. She is a Breathe Institute Ambassador and Affiliate.

Doctor Staci is an Internationally Certified Health and Wellness Coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and is currently attending the American College of Integrative Dentistry and Medicine and the Institute of Functional Medicine, with expected certification dates in 2022. She dreams of a world without cavities and believes in motivating families to join her as a team, keeping their children healthy and thriving with small, manageable daily changes.

In this podcast we hit so many topics that will blow your mind and have you heading into a new oral care routine pronto.  We talk about how to test the oral microbiome with something called Bristle.  We touch on the connection with oral microbiome, leaky gums, DNA testing and how our DNA affects our oral health, what really causes cavities, gum regeneration, remineralization of teeth without harmful fluoride, why mouthwash is a bad idea, sleep and breathing as it relates to oral health, how to get your kids to floss and love it, mercury, detox, tongue ties and how many are missed even in adults, how breast milk itself does not cause cavities, picky eaters, best toothpastes and why you should leave it in your mouth!

These topics and so much more in this podcast please take the time to listen for yourself, your kiddos and to pass this information on to anyone that could benefit and that means all of us.

Links from podcast:   Dr. Staci’s floss:  totally biodegradable

Dr. Steven Lin

Dr. Mark Burhenne

American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry:

The Breathe Institute

Sleep Wrecked Kids – book.

Bristle oral health test: