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Dr. Carla Yamashiro featured in the Seattle Natural Awakenings magazine

The Ecolologic Dentist Bonney Lake Doctor Carla YamashiroBelow is an article on Dr. Carla Yamashiro in the Seattle Natural Awakenings magazine.

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The Big Switch. A local dentist embraces holistic dentistry. 

Nearly two years ago, Dr. Carla Yamashiro closed her conventional dental practice and reopened a new one named Ecologic Dentistry. This move was the culmination of years of learning, as she implemented increasingly holistic practices and moved ever closer to a more integrative understanding of dentistry.

Dr. Yamashiro was born in the small town of Hilo, Hawaii, and says she always felt drawn to dentistry.

“It was working with my hands,” Dr. Yamashiro explains, noting that she loves the art of dentistry, especially with her focus on what she refers to as “new paradigm medicine.” She has always worked with her hands, in some form or another: Dr. Yamashiro completed a degree in music education, along with a certificate in shiatsu massage, before deciding to become a dental assistant and get some experience to find out if dentistry was truly her calling. Her experiment was quickly resolved: she loved dentistry. She graduated as a dentist from the University of Missouri at Kansas City and opened a conventional dental practice in Bonney Lake, located south of Seattle. As time passed, she kept learning about quantum science and new paradigm medicine, which represented a significant shift from the “drill and fill” mentality she had been taught in dental school.

“Finally it got to the point where I needed to get my degree in naturopathic medicine, to be able to really incorporate, integrate and transform conventional dentistry to a true holistic practice,” Dr. Yamashiro explains. She went to school again, and became a board certified naturopathic physician. Dr. Yamashiro is careful to note that she does not practice medicine, but that her naturopathic training informs her evolving holistic dental practice.

“We already had been transitioning, so we didn’t need much new equipment,” Dr. Yamashiro says, explaining her decision to close one practice and open another. “We’d been using things like ozone for years at that point, as part of the transition into holistic practice.”

Far from being the step-child of medical practice, Dr. Yamashiro sees dentistry as a critical component of health.

“Everything is connected, so when the tooth isn’t preserved, you can throw off the entire system,” she says. “Everything begins with what goes into our mouth – it’s the portal to the rest of our body. We have to be very conscious about what we put in it, and that includes what kind of dental materials as well,” she continues.

Dr. Yamashiro says she has always been on the cutting edge when it comes to the latest equipment and techniques, so closing her doors meant a remodel with sustainable and low-toxic paints, a name change so prospective patients could find her, new protocols and procedures, and then finally opening the doors on a new chapter as a holistic dentist.

In her practice at Ecologic Dentistry, Dr. Yamashiro says she strives to offer the very best of both worlds–the most modern advances in dentistry combined with new paradigm medicine and the understanding that frequency and energy connects the teeth to the rest of the body.

“Every tooth is associated with a meridian, and has a direct relationship with some part of the body,” Dr. Yamashiro explains, describing the meridian system as outlined in Chinese medicine principles. “We’re not just drilling and filling anymore, but looking at how what we do can contribute to or perpetuate the disease process.”

Along with a focus on holistic health, Dr. Yamashiro also wants her patients to be enabled to make informed decisions.

Dr Carla Yamashiro Ecologic Dentistry New Spirit Journal“I get people asking all the time what I feel about mercury, flouride and root canals,” she explains. “Basically, I see my role as a dentist to be also an educator. My job really is to give you the information, give you the whole spectrum, and really have the patient decide for themselves. Truly, everyone knows what is best for them–call it a gut feeling, or whatever it is, but our intelligence knows what is good for us and what is not good for us.”

Dr. Yamashiro notes that every patient has different needs, and she tries to be sensitive to them.

“It’s not a cookie cutter practice,” she says. “It’s very individualized, and I feel it’s really important to have the patient involved in their own healing process, and the best way to make those decisions is with good information.”

At the end of the day, Dr. Yamashiro is both energized and excited by her continued exploration in natural dentistry.

“It’s extremely rewarding because we only know what we’ve been taught in dental school, and most of us went to dental school a long time ago,” she says. “Dentistry as a profession is pretty archaic, and hasn’t changed very much. This is why I’m always open and always listening, because I don’t know what I don’t know. The patients know what is happening in their body way more than I do.”

Download a pdf of the article:  The Ecolologic Dentist Bonney Lake – Seattle Natural Awakenings



New Spirit Journal features Dr. Carla Yamashiro

Excerpt from Dr. Carla Yamashiro’s column at the New Spirit Journal, Chew on This. To read the entire article, click here.

Everyone has experienced a pounding headache! Sometimes the pain is actually caused by a physical bump to the head, but we also know that the pain can be initiated in other parts of the body (eye strain, neck pain), from environmental pollutants, electromagnetic frequencies, emotional stress, or from a myriad of causes. Treating the pain is only treating the symptom; however, holistic medicine goes deeper and seeks to treat the cause of the pain.

The same is true with dental health. Since our teeth are attached to our physical, energetic, and emotional bodies, our biological system needs to be considered and treated in its entirety for our overall health and well-being. This is the holistic or integrative model of dentistry and medicine, a full connection of our body, mind (and emotion), and spirit (energy).

To read the entire article, click here.


Oil Pulling – Natural Teeth Whitening

Looking for a natural, safe and effective way to whiten your teeth? A brighter smile can be yours without the chemicals used in bleaching agents. Try oil pulling with raw coconut oil. Teeth color can be categorized into 4 basic shades: yellow, orange, brown and gray, gray being the most resistant to chemical based whitening agents. With consistent use, oil pulling will brighten even gray hued teeth.

What is Oil Pulling? Oil Pulling is an Ayurvedic treatment used for detoxification. Traditionally sesame seed oil is used as the oil pulling agent, however, the more palatable coconut oil may be used instead. Both are highly effective in removing toxins from the body. A brighter smile can make you look and feel better about yourself, but oil pulling does more than that. It benefits your overall health from inside out. As toxins are pulled out of your body, gum health and halitosis improves. Small cavities may arrest and remineralize. There are claims that oil pulling has systemic effects which is why this Ayurvedic therapy has been sought after.

How is Oil Pulling done? Take about a tablespoon of raw coconut oil (we prefer Skinny 100% raw coconut oil) and swish it in your mouth for 20 minutes first thing in the morning. After 20 minutes, spit out then brush and floss your teeth, preferably with a natural chemical free toothpaste.

One of the main complaints is having to swish for 20 minutes. I tell my patients to start swishing first thing in the morning before getting ready for your day. By the time you are ready, 20 minutes will be well over and you’ll face the world healthier and with a brighter smile.

Here are a few additional tips: 1) Do not swallow the oil after you are finished swishing as it will be full of toxins that are pulled or drawn into the oil from your tissue. 2) It is an oil and may clog your sink over time. Spit into a waste basket or in the compost to keep your plumber away. 3) Consistency and time are keys to experiencing benefits, although, many people begin to notice changes immediately.

Chew On This! are bite sized pieces of information for you to chew on. You decide what to swallow and what to spit out! Visit us at 8412 Myers Rd E Ste 301 in Bonney Lake where consultations are always FREE. Visit us on facebook/ecologicdenstiry. Call us today at (253) 863-7005. We’ll give you something to smile about!


Plastic for Dinner?

Plastic for dinner anyone? Plastic can buy you a nice meal at a fine restaurant but who wants to eat it? The plastic, that is. Consuming foods and drinks stored in plastic containers that are heated are harmful as toxic BPA (bis-phenol A) are released, causing this chemical to contaminate our food.

Bis-phenols are estrogenic and bind to estrogen creating an imbalance in our system. This imbalance may be cancer producing. Bisphenols are found in several tooth colored composite filling materials, sealants, and night guards. BPA-free materials are available and are always used at Ecologic Dentistry.

Know what’s for dinner!

Dr. Carla Yamashiro is The Ecologic Dentist, practicing Holistic Dentistry in beautiful Bonney Lake for the good of our community and our planet. She is a member of the IAOMT (International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology).

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