I know I’m changing people’s lives.

– Dr. Gwendolyn Enriquez

Dr. Gwendolyn Enriquez on Being a Positive Impact

This week on Vivos Voices, we visited with Dr. Gwendolyn Enriquez, a phenomenal dentist and skilled Vivos Integrated Provider (VIP).

Dr. Enriquez spoke primarily to an awakening in dentistry. In the 21st century, we’ve seen a push towards more holistic healthcare and focusing on the root of many diseases. Along the way, we’re finding that developmental issues, specifically regarding the orofacial structure, can lead to many comorbidities in adulthood, such as heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.

“We cannot close our eyes anymore,” shared Dr. Enriquez. “We have a big role as a dentist because we see our patient every six months. We see them in close proximity, and we can prevent big problems.”

She described this movement as “a paradigm shift. For me, personally, I know I have a role in giving my patients good health because if they’re not breathing right, they’re not gonna be in good health. This is really a breathing wellness movement.”

It’s incredible to understand how our jaw, the structure of our mouth, and the airway can impact our sleep, oxygen saturation, and ability to rest and repair our internal organs. For example, patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are known to suffer from impaired sleeping and memory issues and are at a higher risk for developing dementia and Alzheimer’s. Healthcare professionals are beginning to understand that there is more to the structure of our airway than just genetics. Western culture also has a significant impact on our development.

“I know I’m changing people’s lives. And the reward, I think, is one patient at a time for me. Financially, it will be there, but it’s not the reason why I’m there.”

Video Transcript

I’m Dr. Gwendelyn Enqriquez. I’m from Roseville, Sacramento, and, uh, I’ve been a dentist for about 35 years. I’m a general dentist, and so we see everyone. We cannot close our eyes anymore. We have a big role as a dentist because we see our patient every six months. We see them [in] close proximity. And we can prevent big problems. Uh, but we’re gonna have a journey because it’s a paradigm shift. For me, personally, I know I have a big role in giving my patients good health because if they’re not breathing right, they’re not gonna be in good health. This is really a breathing wellness movement. I know I’m changing people’s life. And the reward, I think, is one patient at a time for me. And, financially, it will be there, but it’s not the reason why I’m there.