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Holistic Dentistry

American Fork, Utah’s Favorite Holistic Dentists

We realize that life happens and you need to have a dental solution that fits your life, right now. Total Care Dental is about Hope, Health and You. We can explain all of your options and help you make a decision that is best for you and for your health.

Fluoride Treatment

Many proponents of fluoride say there is evidence to show that widespread use of fluoride has helped to decrease dental decay. In fact, many communities have added fluoride to the drinking water. What you don’t know is that there is a darker side to the fluoride issue.

An even bigger issue is that fluoride is an uncontrolled substance. Let’s take an example of a cute toddler with caring parents. They take her to her a pediatrician and he prescribes vitamin drops with fluoride. They dutifully give them to her every day. They also brush her teeth twice a day, with fluoride toothpaste. They have a fluoride rinse they use, and their little girl loves the bubble gum taste. For a treat they let her swish it around just like they do (even though they know she swallows most of it while swishing). Finally, they are so glad to live in a city that has fluoridated water – they want to make sure she has great teeth!

So what is the answer? There are some very serious, documented problems with fluoride, but there is also documented proof that fluoride does help prevent tooth decay. The bigger question for me is, are there other ways to prevent cavities, that don’t have the negative side-effects of fluoride. The answer is yes – properly clean your teeth and gums.

Talk to the hygienists at Total Care Dental about the Total Care Healthy Tooth program.  It is possible!

Healing Tooth Decay

Let’s talk about a few things that will help answer that question. As tooth decay digs into the tooth, the nerve tries to get away. If the decay moves slowly enough, the nerve can stay ahead of it. It backs down the canal, and builds a wall of reparative dentin between itself and the decay. However, if the decay is spreading rapidly, the nerve can’t stay ahead, and the decay takes over and kills the nerve.

So let’s answer the question – can it heal? The answer is yes, depending on the type of decay and your prevention techniques. If it is slow moving decay, and if you change your diet and cleaning habits, you may slow it down and even stop the spread, allowing the tooth to build a wall. You haven’t replaced the damaged tooth, but you’ve built something in its place.

Give your tooth a helping hand. Acid is what causes the destruction on the teeth. If your body is very acidic, you are feeding the flames. Work to create a more alkaline inner pH and you will help your teeth. There are also alkaline tooth powders that you can purchase to help alkalinize your mouth.

The Total Care Dental “No More Cavities” Program

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Brushing your teeth and regular checkups aren’t always enough. With the Total Care Dental No More Cavities program, you will learn to care for your teeth in a way your mother didn’t teach you.

A cavity is a hole in your tooth. That hole starts in the enamel – the hard outer layer in your tooth, and spreads to the dentin – the soft inner layer. This may come as a shock, but sugar on the tooth is not what causes that hole. It does have a part to play, though.
There are millions of bacteria in your mouth, and their favorite food is sugar! When they eat sugar, their waste product (poop for lack of a more PC word) is acid. It is this acid that creates a hole in the tooth. So, the more bacteria you have (this is why you should brush your teeth), and the more sugar you feed them, the more cavities you get. Most of the time….

Dr. Jorgensen’s younger brother taught her that this isn’t always true. During his teenage years, he had some new-fangled “white braces” put on his teeth. He rarely brushed, so those white braces became orange braces, green braces – the color matched the meal. Funny thing was, he never got cavities around those braces. If cavities are always caused by bacteria eating sugar, he would have had a mouth full. What protected his teeth?

Leaky roofs
There is a “leaky roof “ theory that comes in here. If your roof starts leaking when it rains, do you blame the rain or do you blame your roof? It’s obviously a roof problem. When the roof on your home is well sealed and strong, it will not leak whether it rains or not. Dr. Jorgensen’s brother showed that when your tooth enamel is strong and healthy, it will not be affected by what is going on in your mouth – even when you don’t brush your teeth. His roof was secure. His enamel was healthy. He had fed his teeth the right building blocks so they would be resistant to the bacteria and sugar. How can you do that??

Dr. Weston Price
Dr. Weston Price researched societies all over the world and found little pockets of people that didn’t get cavities. He then researched what they were doing to make their teeth cavity resistant. What he found surprised even him. He conclusively showed that tooth decay in modern civilization is due to a lack of nutrients in our modern diet and today’s scientists have proven what Dr. Price found to be true.

What are those nutrients exactly? Fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. What do these vitamins do? Without getting too technical, not all the vitamins and minerals you eat are able to get into the places they are needed. Imagine a key in a lock. Unless you have the right key, you’re not going to get through that door, no matter how much you need to get through! These fat soluble vitamins open the door and allow your body to absorb minerals and use protein.

The Total Care Dental No More Cavities program will show you how to care for your teeth from the inside out. You will learn how healthy eating is not only good for the body, but promotes healthy teeth as well.

Total Care Dental Team Of American Fork, Utah (UT)

What do you think makes a perfect dental team member? Compassionate, caring, good listener, detail oriented… even goofy. Well, this dental team has all that and more! American Fork Dentists, Dr. Jorgensen and Dr. Coles have looked far and wide to find team members that are genuinely interested in our patients, concerned with making you feel comfortable, and with giving you the best possible dental care in American Fork, Utah.

This team makes a winning combination. Total Care Dental is about Hope, Health and You! Our practice was honored as “Best of State” in Utah among all service oriented businesses. Please feel free to let us know anything we can do to make your visit to our dental office in American Fork, Utah (UT) more ENJOYABLE.

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Steve Jorgensen ~ Co-Owner Steve got pulled into the dental world in 2001 when Total Care Dental was opened. Before that he was a civil engineer, having attended Brigham Young University for a bachelor’s degree and the University of Nebraska for a Master’s Degree. He does all things in the dental office (management, marketing, accounting, finances, IT, maintenance…) except look in people’s mouths. He is married to Dr. Michelle Jorgensen and loves working with her on the dental practice, the house, and 4 amazing kids. He enjoys golfing, the outdoors, riding a Harley, and spending time with family.

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Jilene Mecham ~ Dental Hygienist
I love life, laughter and enjoy my many roles as a woman. I have a composed, enjoyable, fun-loving husband and four energetic, talented, amazing children. I love working as a dental hygienist. I graduated from the University of Southern California Dental Hygiene School in 1991. I worked for a few dentists until I found a brilliant, compassionate, artistic dentist in Dr. Michelle Jorgensen in 1999. I love working with her and Dr. Coles. When not working as a hygienist or playing with my wonderful children, I’m either running marathons or biking with my fantastic husband.

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Julie Nielsen ~ Front Office Concierge
I have been in dentistry since 1980 and still get excited about it and love to help people achieve better health and a beautiful smile. I feel blessed being here at Total Care Dental working with friendly, skilled and knowledgeable team members. I love serving our patients and being in an atmosphere of caring, fun, love and laughter. I am married to a wonderful man and love being with him whether it’s going for a walk, hiking, traveling, or just enjoying being outdoors together. I have 1 son, 5 stepchildren, and 11 grandchildren. They all keep me very busy, but I love it and feel very blessed.

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Stacie Henry ~ Dental Assistant
I have enjoyed being part of the dental world since 1993. I joined the Total Care Dental family in 2000. I love the patients, atmosphere, friendships, and all the continuing education that we do here. I took a short eight year break to be a “stay at home mom” and have recently returned. It’s great to be back. I have been married since 1995 and we have three wonderful children (all parents say that). You can often find me volunteering at their elementary school or running kids to various activities. As a family we enjoy camping, traveling and anything outdoors in our free time.

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Laura Moody ~ Practice Manager
Most people in this field say they have a “love of dentistry”. Laura, however, has a love of marketing! After spending several years as an International Barbie Marketer in Southern California, she moved to Utah and was hired to do the marketing for Total Care Dental. Since being here, there hasn’t been a beautiful smile that she hasn’t appreciated on a whole new level. “I have such a respect for the team here, especially the doctor’s and their impressive knowledge. I see our patients come in feeling pain and frustration and leave with hope and self-esteem. This has added a bright spot to my world.” She enjoys people with a good sense of humor, the ocean, pretty cupcakes and of course…Barbie.

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Kara Downing ~ Surgical Assistant
Kara started dentistry work when a friend recommended it to her 14 years ago. She loves helping people so being a Surgical Assistant is perfect for her. She enjoys seeing how it helps people. When she isn’t helping with smiles, she loves camping, boating, softball and CARS! She has had a passion for cars since she can remember which she got from her dad. She even studied collision repair in college! She is happily married with two kids, a girl and a boy.

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Margot Green ~ Care Coordinator
Who couldn’t love the team at Total Care Dental? After working with Michelle for 10 years, I ventured out to work with a dental consultant for a few years. Due to my passion for dentistry, I wanted to help other teams as well. Now I’m back to my roots! I love what this practice stands for and the quality of dentistry and care that is given here. Plus…the team here gives a “Top Gun” experience. When not at the practice you’ll find me traveling, playing with my family, mountain biking or on the courts playing a fun game of tennis.

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Wendy Cullem ~ Dental Hygienist
I followed my sister’s footsteps, and in 1992 became a Dental Hygienist. I graduated from Idaho State University with a Bachelor’s Degree. I am a native of Southern California, except for the two years I lived in Idaho while going to ISU. My husband and four kids moved to Utah in May of 2015. I love to hike, ski, play soccer, read and spend time with family and friends. I have worked for many different dentists throughout my career, but none have compared to Total Care Dental. I am constantly learning and improving with my wonderful dental team.

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Kelsie Yarn ~ Front Office Concierge
Kelsie has been a dental assistant for two years. She went to school in Idaho Falls and has been working and loving dentistry ever since! She moved to Utah in February of 2018 and found a family here at Total Care Dental. She was recently married to her amazing husband, Joey and they are loving married life. She has a passion for the outdoors and animals. She loves camping and snowboarding and is working on getting a dog!

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Angie Catmull ~ Finance Coordinator
Angie has been working in the dental field for 33 (maybe more) years. She started as a dental assistant, then an office manager and now she is our financial specialist. She loved dentistry so much, that she wanted to share what she was learning and formed the study group “Utah Dental Office Leaders Learn” back in 2012. She has been married for 30 years and has two beautiful children, Jake and Taylor. She loves to sew and cook, however after having surgery on her hands a few years ago, she has been a little bit limited. But that doesn’t slow her down!

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Jackie Andersen ~ Community Outreach
Jackie has been in the dental field for nearly 30 years, obtaining her CDA and working in various positions. She loves being with the Total Care Dental Team, helping to spread the good word of what makes us truly unique in giving “total care” to our patients. She has known Dr. Jorgensen for years and one of the many qualities she admires in her is her continual quest to gain knowledge, insight and experience to best serve her patients. Some of her favorite things are cleaning and organizing (yes, she embraces her OCD), meeting new people, going on walks, spending time with her husband and making memories w with family–especially her 11 grandchildren!

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Kangie Dawber ~ Care Coordinator
Kangie came into Total Care Dental one day to tell us about her practice as a Doula and turns out…we loved her and offered her a job! She tells us that she feels honored to be part of the Total Care Dental Team. “There is an air of compassion and care for the team members and for the patients here. You can literally feel it as you walk in the door! Every day is a learning experience and the knowledge the doctors have is truly enviable.” Total Care Dental suits her personality well, as her passion is whole body health. She loves to travel, and while in Australia she met her husband. From there they moved to England where they lived for eight years and had their little son Jack.

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Aly Ray ~ Dental Assistant
Aly came to us from California where she was a birthday party Disney Princess! She came on board to work at the front desk, but soon realized that she loved dental and works with Dr. Jorgensen assisting on surgeries and is a certified phlebotomist. She loves being in musicals and is a pre-med student at UVU.

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Amber Smith ~ Operations Manager
Amber has been in the dental field for 20 years and has done everything from assisting to managing the practice. She loves the one on one interaction, the care we provide, the relationships that are built here and getting to know both patients and staff on a personal level. She loves running, camping, hunting—a real outdoor girl. She also enjoys her large family and reading.

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Leslie Stockle ~ Dental Assistant Leslie loves to workout, spend time with her two children and will eat any type of chocolate that comes her way. She has been an excellent dental assistant since 2013. You can find her outside, hiking, biking—anything to get outdoors. She is IV Certified and although she’s tiny, she is a huge asset to Total Care Dental!

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Suzanne Bush Black ~ Coach
Suzanne has been coaching and training in the dental field for 40 years! Her expertise ranges from teaching hundreds of “Dental Boot Kamp” courses to perfecting systems and customer service for private dental practices in the United States and Canada. She comes out to our practice several times a year and always leaves us better. We are lucky to have her.

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Ashley Taylor ~ Care Coordinator
I have been part of the dental industry for 5 years. I do love teeth! It’s one of the first things I looked for when looking for my husband haha! But I do love seeing patients feel happier about the work that they are getting done. I love getting to know new people! I am originally from Teton, Idaho I love traveling, playing basketball, baking, snowboarding, and hanging out with family and friends. Working at Total Care Dental is so much fun and I learn new things every day!

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Angie Keyes ~ Treatment Coordinator
Angie or "Anj" has been married for 30 years and has two awesome children and two of the most amazing and beautiful grandchildren a gal could ask for! She has been in the field of dentistry for 14 years and loves to run, fish and go kayaking. Ang loves jewelry, shopping and especially traveling to to WARM places. She feels like she's working at the best dental office in the world and we are thrilled to have her with us!

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Toafia Jestice ~ Dental Assistant
Toa just started working in the dental field last December, and is doing very well here at Total Care Dental. She loves to hang out with her big family of six siblings. She enjoys working out, hiking and going on scenic drives. Her favorite thing about being in the dental world is helping people feel comfortable and is great with fearful patients. She just married six months ago and is living happily ever after with her husband that she met at BYU Idaho.

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Ashley Kate Houghton-Financial Coordinator
Because we have multiple Ashley’s at our practice, we call this Ashley…Kate! She has been in the dental field for two years and the health field for five. She is one of finance coordinators and we are thrilled to have her and her skills on our team. Kate loves hiking and traveling and spends all the time she can on DIY projects. She beautifully refinishes old furniture and says, “Crafts are where it’s at”! She has a huge family including four sisters and a brother and she is child number four!

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Ashlee Crosby ~ Dental Assistant
She has been in dental for 10 years now and joined Total Care Dental last February. Ashlee enjoys being able to help patients on their health journey and seeing the positive outcomes. She loves woodwork and building things, such as end tables, shelves and benches! When she isn’t working, she is happy hanging out with her four children. Fun fact…Ashlee can do a double back flip and identify the different flavors of Skittles while blindfolded.

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Kailey Jean Tokunaga ~ Scheduling Specialist
Kailey comes to us from Hawaii and has worked in the dental field for six years. She keeps our schedule in tip-top shape which can be like a complicated Tetrus game at times. Kailey loves running, the beach and hiking. She was born in Maui, hula dances and fun fact…she loves Spam! Making new friends and helping others is her favorite part of dentistry.

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Toni Linsenmeyer ~ Marketing

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Jens Jorgensen ~ Marketing

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Josh Jorgensen ~ Marketing

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