177: Why (Almost) Everything You Know About Dental Health Is Wrong With Periodontist Dr. Al Danenberg

177: Why (Almost) Everything You Know About Dental Health Is Wrong With Periodontist Dr. Al Danenberg

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Why (Almost) Everything You Know About Dental Health is Wrong with Periodontist Dr. Al Danenberg

I cannot wait to share today’s guest with you! Dr. Alvin Danenberg is a periodontist who has been treating patients with gum disease for over 44 years. He incorporates aspects of nutrition and lifestyle change as part of his cutting-edge laser protocol which treats periodontal disease. And we’re gonna delve into that today.

In 2015, he was appointed to the faculty of the College of Integrative Medicine, and he created the college’s integrative periodontal teaching module. So he’s a world-renowned expert in this topic. He has certifications in functional medicine as well as the ADAPT training from the Kresser Institute. And he’s also the author of a book called Crazy Good Living: Healthy Gums, Healthy Gut, Healthy Life.

He’s incredibly qualified and so very kind, and I can’t wait to chat!

Episode Highlights With Dr. Al Danenburg

  • Learn the reason plaque isn’t always bad
  • Why our ancestors didn’t get gum disease and we do
  • The real reason animals in the wild don’t have tooth decay and domesticated animals do
  • A fascinating way that what we eat affects our oral health
  • The factor that is just as important as brushing to keep healthy teeth
  • How our mouth affects the nitric oxide levels in our body
  • The surprising way that certain mouthwash products can raise blood pressure!
  • How the gut microbiome affects the oral microbiome
  • The three primary and important reasons for dental plaque
  • How leaky gut and leaky gums are connected and what to do about it
  • How to clean the tongue correctly

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Do you or your kids struggle with cavities or other dental health problems? What do you think of Dr. Al’s advice? Also, please take two minutes to leave a review on iTunes. I value knowing what you think and this helps other moms find the podcast as well!

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Reader Comments

  1. Katie, can you please talk more about the mouth guards your children use at night to help their jaw development?

    • Hi there, I am also super interested in this.

  2. Yes, please talk about these mouth guards. I breastfed until he was 3, but the Dentist still believes he will need braces. He’s 7 now. I’m very interested in this mouth guard.

  3. I have been using activated charcoal, followed by a modified version of your toothpaste fro several years and my mouth is the healthiest it’s been in decades! My husband is now using a natural toothpaste, though he won’t use yours 🙁 At least he stopped using the fluoridated kinds.

  4. Would love to hear about the mouth guards also.. please share!

  5. I was just going to ask about the mouth guard too! A brand you use perhaps ??

  6. Would love to hear more about the nighttime mouth guards as well! Thanks

    • Does she usually comment on her page??

  7. Are the mouthguards for children fit and prescribed by a dentist or can you buy them somewhere?

  8. I would like to know your brushing routine and any products you use! Also, that book that Dr. Danenberg mentions about the woman who healed her MS… if you could link that too that would be super helpful!

  9. I am a speech language pathologist. I second EVERYTHING Dr. Danenberg has said about jaw development and breastfeeding. Proper mouth development is critical for speech and feeding skills to be on target!

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