Doctor Mom Podcast
Doctor Mom Podcast

Episode #227: A Mom’s FAQ’s With a Pediatric Functional Dentist with Dr. Staci Whitman

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On today’s episode, Dr. Elana interviews pediatric functional dentist, Dr. Staci Whitman. They discuss the most frequently asked questions mamas have when faced with their kid’s dental health. They review the root causes of cavities, the risks of fluoride treatment and other safer alternatives, and how to prevent cavities using a holistic approach. They also cover common questions about brushing and flossing little ones, what to expect visiting a functional dentist, and more!  

Topics Discussed: 

  • How functional dentistry differs from traditional dentistry
  • Why kids are so prone to cavities
  • Natural ways to prevent cavities by understanding the root cause
  • Why fluoride may not be the answer to helping prevent or treat cavities
  • Tips to avoid dental trauma in kids
  • When to start taking your child to the dentist
  • Why floss is even more important than brushing
  • Best toothpastes and why!
  • How to find a holistic dentist

Show Notes:

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This episode’s guest

  Doctor Staci Whitman is on a mission to create a world without cavities and where children breathe and grow to their optimum ability. 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 two years and went on to earn a certificate in pediatric dentistry from Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU). She has always always 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, the American Association of Ozonotherapy, and has her Certification in Laser Proficiency. She has taken numerous courses and trainings in children’s sleep and airway medicine, studying oromyofunctional therapy, craniosacral therapy, and is a Breathe Institute Ambassador. 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 2023 and 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.