When it comes to functional medicine and nutrition, we typically think of common ailments like digestive issues, hormone issues, or blood sugar issues. Not very often do we think about how our oral health can also be connected into the giant spiderweb of “health”. This is exactly why we brought on today's guest because he has incorporated ancestral and primal principles into his oral health practice.
Dr. Al Danenberg has been a periodontist for over 4 decades. At some point within his career, he started to notice that there is a correlation between oral health and the state of health with the rest of the body. By utilizing principles he learned from the ancestral community, he has been able to effectively treat gum disease from a variety of different angles. You can learn about some of the best home practices you can do for your mouth in this episode of Oral Health from a Primal Perspective with Dr. Al Danenberg!
6:11 – What got Dr. Al Danenberg into the Functional Medicine realm
7:10 – Nutrition and Diet saved his life
8:00 – How the traditional ideas around “healthy eating” actually inhibited his ability to be healthy
10:30 – 1 conference completely changed his life, and his views on health
13:05 – Dr. Al started to integrate healthy eating into his dental protocols and saw amazing changes in gum health
14:10 – Al learned more in 5 years than most people learn in their entire careers
16:00 – How long did it take to see changes in your health once your changed your diet?
19:00 – Disease typically doesn't manifest overnight, it takes a long time to build and create. Prevention is key
22:00 – Every body is bio-individual and may have different needs than others
23:30 – How does food have anything to do with oral health?
27:40 – Gum inflammation doesn't come from bacteria in the mouth, it comes from an overgrowth of feeding bad bacteria in the mouth
29:25 – How has Al added the ancestral diet into the way he provides dental care
40:00 – Stress can be a huge factor in weakening the body's immune system and allowing bad bacteria run wild
42:50 – What are some dental myths we should know about
43:10 – Dental plaque is healthy, until it isn't healthy
48:30 – Bacteria and plaque have specific purposes in the body. Removing this can disrupt parts of the body, such as blood pressure
56:44 – Use soft picks as a flosser instead of the waterpik. Some options are SoftPicks by Gum, and EasyPick by TePe
59:25 – Waterpiks can actually embed food and bacteria under the gum tissue. It can also damage the gum tissue
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Book: Crazy-Good Living