Drink Carbonated and Acidic Drinks Safely

I wanted to write this post about carbonated and acidic drinks because I am finding that  more and more of my patients like to drink acidic beverages, for instance  Kombucha, Apple Cider Vinegar,Lemon Water, Sparkling Water. I have also found in some of them that despite of their clean diet and good oral habits they present cavities in the gum line.

I will give a little description of each of those drinks and how to enjoy them when at the same time you can prevent those cavities( Decay).

Apple Cider Vinegar: This ancient elixir has been used for thousands of years, and as a matter of fact, Hippocrates, the "father of medicine" used ACV as a natural antibiotic and antiseptic for his patients as far back as 400 B.C.!  It is claimed  that has the following properties: helps controlling your blood sugars, improving your digestion, flushing out toxins, losing weight, healing your skin, cancer prevention, fighting Gout, getting rid of warts, and even killing fleas on your pets!

Kombucha: It is a fermented tea that has been consumed for thousands of years.  It is claimed that not only does it have the same health benefits as tea, but it's also rich in beneficial probiotics.  Kombucha also contains antioxidants, can kill harmful bacteria and may help fight several diseases.

Lemon Water: is claimed that helps with  hydration, skin quality,It’s a good source of vitamin C,supports weight loss,aids digestion and freshens breath.

These beverages have a good health impact and it would be a good idea to drink them safely, otherwise they damage our teeth at the same degree as any soda does.

Before I start explaining how the acidic ph causes erosion in our enamel, let me point out some characteristics of the enamel:

Enamel is the most external layer of the tooth, the hardest substance in the human body and contains the highest percentage of minerals;it does not contain blood vessels or nerves and it is very vulnerable to acids.

 It does not grow back. Once it has been damaged, that loss becomes permanent. As hard as tooth enamel is, it can sustain a lot of damage, and erosion ranks as the most common type of tooth enamel damage.

Knowing that, we need to be careful when we drink  any beverage with  an acidic PH.

The following are some recommendations that not only  allow you to enjoy your drink but also prevent enamel loss

1-Use a straw: using a straw will prevent that the acidic drink seats for long time on our teeth dissolving our enamel. It would be good to use one which goes to the back  in order to have it close to the throat.

2-Drink it in a short period of timedon't sip on it throughout the day. This will contribute to having an acidic PH for a longer time, affecting the enamel of the teeth. Enjoy your drink but try to drink 4 ounces  in 10 minutes maximum.

3-Rinse your mouth with  water( alkaline is better) or an alkaline solution: once  you are done drinking a carbonated drink, rinse your mouth at least 5 times  with  either alkaline water or baking soda in water or salt water or xylitol in water etc. Doing so, you will help your saliva to raise the PH in your mouth. Our oral health goes better with alkaline PH than acidic PH.

4-Don't brush your teeth after you finish your carbonated or acidic drink: Due to the acidic PH  the enamel  is weakened , scrubbing that weakened surface will only  liberate more minerals from the tooth surface. It is better to wait at least 30 minutes before you brush your teeth.

5-Use an Oral Probiotic: Oral probiotics are live bacteria that are identical to the beneficial microorganisms found naturally in your mouth. The addition of oral probiotics to an oral care regimen can restore the natural balance of beneficial bacteria. Oral probiotics are different than regular probiotics. Probiora is a good example of an oral probiotic.








A Practice for the Whole Family

We Offer Holistic / Biological Dentistry To All Ages!

We are a family holistic dental practice and we love seeing kids, adolescents, adults, and seniors. Our staff understands how important it is for children to grow up with positive experiences at the dentist, as it is for anyone at any age. When you come for your first visit we do a comprehensive examination; we will interview you about habits and diet to understand your needs, where you are, and where  you would like to be with your oral health. We'll cover good hygiene practices and guide you with your eating habits. We are willing to work with any health practitioner you are seeing in order to give you the best guidance to achieve your optimal health. We’ll teach you how to brush and floss your teeth and how to do it for your loved ones. 

We do our best to give our patients the best experience in our practice!

It is our goal to help our patients to take control of their oral health, leading them to an optimal stage, and have the knowledge and tools to keep it. For instance, we'll guide you on how to clean your child’s primary teeth since they are very important in the preparation and establishment of their permanent teeth.  


We use the cleanest dental  materials and the latest technology to perform dental treatments. We are a mercury- and fluoride-free office and use BPA-free sealants and composites.  Check out our services page https://drcarmenburke.com/services/

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We have a small area for kids in our office with a table, toys, pencils, colors, books, coloring books, and coloring paper to facilitate their transition to the dental chair. For adults, we have interesting books and magazines about holistic health that can be read while resting on comfortable chairs and drinking filtered water or tea.



We are a dental practice fit for the entire family and promise to treat you and your family  the way we would treat our own.

Treating black triangles, gaps and restoring posterior teeth with BioClear Injection Molding Technique

As we age, sometimes unwelcome dark spaces appear between our teeth.  Besides adding an older appearance to our simile, these dark spaces may also collect food debris and plaque. Also known as dental black triangles - the clinical terminology is gingival embrasures - they can be the result of bone loss, recession of the gum line, or movement of the teeth.

Some people have naturally occurring gaps between their teeth called diastema.  Though not unhealthy, gaps between the teeth are sometimes the source of embarrassment or low self-esteem.


Until recently, dentists repaired “black triangles” and gaps with porcelain veneers.  A method for restoring function and appearance, veneers are thin layers of ceramic that adhered to the teeth.  Applying the veneer, though, first involved removing portions of the tooth surface to make room. With BioClear, the natural tooth can be preserved so there is no additional loss of minerals. The BioClear technique achieves aesthetic beauty in a healthy way.

BioClear is also beneficial for posterior teeth. For posterior teeth, the Injection Molding Technique can many times be used to  prevent  having to place crown. There are clear indications to get a crown, but now we can restore teeth with this technique which before we had only the option of placing a crown. 

This technique uses addition instead of amputation,which  strengthens  the tooth. In addition, it is a more cost effective and conservative approach.

BioClear Injection Molding Technique is a new system that uses composite material, easily bonded to any part of the tooth, to close the gaps, align uneven teeth, cover chips and even out the color.  It is minimally invasive and cost effective treatment that uses clear forms which are filled with a composite material matched to the shade of your teeth.  The forms are removed leaving behind smooth contoured composite that has beautiful shine this is smooth to the touch.  The form sits just below the gum line, meaning the teeth will appear to emerge naturally.  The tight contacts achieved with this system mean that the papilla (the gum in-between the teeth) is hugged back into place, revealing a healthy and youthful smile.

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This procedure is much less expensive than porcelain veneers, can be completed in one visit, is stain resistant and durable, and closes up the unsightly “black triangles.” There is no need to remove enamel or grind a tooth prior to application.

If your teeth are healthy (meaning there is no decay or significant damage that would require a crown to repair) BioClear may be a good option for you.  It is minimally invasive and your teeth will look healthy and gap-free.

Dr. Burke has completed two BioClear Matrix courses at the BioClear Learning Center in Tacoma Washington and is fully certified in this technique. BioClear fits into her philosophy of conservative, minimally evasive dentistry.

To learn about BioClear please contact us at Family Holistic Dentistry 303-219-0499

Dental Materials Reactivity Test in Holistic Dentistry

What is the  Materials Sensitivity and Reactivity Test?

We offer bio compatibility tests to patients that have a lot of environmental sensitivities or have reacted negatively to certain dental materials in the past.  We offer both Clifford and Biocomp lab . These laboratories' screening processes help to identify existing sensitivity problems to various chemical groups and families of compounds in an individual.  After the test has been completed, your reactivity results are compiled in a report.  

In modern society, contact is made every day with many substances in the food you eat, the products you use, and the treatments you receive. Because everyone possesses a unique biochemistry, these substances affect everyone differently and to varying degrees. For some, the effects of certain substances (and their corrosion byproducts) can be toxic and hazardous, and may result in serious health problems. A substance which causes little or no reaction in one individual can prove harmful to another.

Since these effects vary, it is vital that these factors be considered when choosing dental and other materials for use in your body, especially when you have special or unique health concerns. These tests provide Dr. Burke with extensive information about your individual sensitivities so that she can choose the best materials to use in your treatment.

How do I order the test?

Dr. Burke can make the kits readily available to anyone wishing to identify any existing sensitivity problems. However, Dr. Burke does not have the capabilities to perform testing in his office. The kits can be self ordered at the http://www.biocomplabs.com/and 

How to use the test?

You place the kit  in the freezer all night, you fast for 8 to 10 hours avoiding animal protein. Go to a  local laboratory in the morning to get your blood draw , send it to Biocomp(The instructions to follow are found inside the kit). They analyze your blood against dental materials available in the market  and send you and Dr Burke a report(by email and mail) in 1- 2 days. With this result Dr Burke can show you the materials that you react the least and you both can choose the best ones for your health.


Our teeth are connected to different organs in our body. Meridians identify those connections.

What are meridians?

Meridians can be mapped throughout the body; they flow within the body and not on the surface, meridians exist in corresponding pairs and each meridian has many acupuncture points along its path.

The term ‘meridian’ describes the overall energy distribution system of Chinese Medicine and helps us to understand how basic substances of the body (Qi, blood and body fluids) permeate the whole body. The individual meridians themselves are often described as ‘channels’ or even ‘vessels’ which reflect the notion of carrying, holding, or transporting Qi, blood and body fluids around the body.

It is tempting to think of the meridians of the human body the same way as we think of the circulatory system, as the meridians are responsible for the distribution of the basic substances throughout the body just like the circulatory system, but here is where the similarities end. Conventional anatomy and physiology would not be able to identify these pathways in a physical sense in the way that blood vessels can be identified. 

It is more useful to consider the meridian system as an energetic distribution network that in itself tends towards energetic manifestation. Meridians can be best understood as a process rather than a structure. 

Each tooth belongs to a meridian path with other organs, you can find those connections in the following meridian chart

Offering single visit crowns and ceramic fillings

By: Carmen Burke, D.D.S, ND, IBDM

We are excited to announce that our office has just purchased the latest CEREC CAD/CAM and onsite milling technology.  Technology has changed our everyday lives; smart phones, smartwatches, tablets and self-driving cars are becoming the norm, yet many people are unaware that technology impacts the healthcare industry as well, including dentistry, in new and exciting ways. Cutting-edge innovations in dentistry require less time in the dental chair, decrease discomfort and create satisfying results. Our single-visit solution, CEREC®, allows us to quickly restore damaged teeth with natural-colored ceramic fillings and crowns while saving our patients time and money.  

What is CEREC?

CEREC (chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics) is a single-visit solution used by thousands of dentists worldwide. CEREC uses a high-quality ceramic material (and now zirconia) that matches the natural color of the patient’s teeth to provide patients the perfect outcome. Efficient, convenient and simple, dentists around the world are quickly switching to single-visit dentistry with CEREC.  

How does the instrument work?

CEREC uses CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing) technology that incorporates a small, hand-held camera and a computer in one instrument, and a milling unit to grind/mill restorations in-house. The camera is used to capture the 2D or 3D image of the affected tooth/teeth and the surrounding area. This image is then displayed on a computer screen where the dentist then uses the special CEREC Software to create the perfect restorative tooth/teeth. Once the virtual restoration is created, the information is then sent to the milling unit via software and milled onsite within 8-10 minutes.

What does this innovation mean for a patient?

CEREC offers natural-looking metal free, mercury free, crowns, bridges, inlays and onlays that are compatible with tissue in the mouth, anti-abrasive and plaque-resistant. The days of temporaries, messy impressions and waiting days for the lab to return the restoration are history.  This means less stress for the patients because the process is comfortable.  There is no powder, the camera is comfortable in the mouth and the process gives the highest quality restoration. CEREC has three decades of clinical research and documentation to support our technology, and restorations completed with CEREC have been proven precise, safe and effective.

How can I find out if this is an option for me?

Call our office at 303-219-0499. We will be happy to answer your questions on this new technology.