PEP 39: Oral Myth Busting: The Truth About Teeth Whitening, Activated Charcoal and Mouthwash with Dr. Al Danenberg

What if everything you thought you knew about taking care of your mouth was wrong?  With an astonishing 90% of US adults having some form of gum disease, the latest research has shown that many popular oral care practices might be harmful to your health. From the traditional to the trendy, the way most people go about taking care of their teeth, gums and tongue may be setting them up for major health problems like high blood pressure. In the age of high tech toothbrushes and advanced dentistry, why is this happening?
With newer medical explorations like gut health catching on with the public, science is starting to recognize that having a healthy microbiome is a huge component of oral health as well. This contradicts the standard narrative of keeping your mouth free of typical dental villains like plaque. Considering that conventional approaches probably aren’t doing us any favors, where does this leave more “natural” alternatives to oral care? Surprisingly, many of these products aren’t without their own side effects. Trendy approaches to whitening like activated charcoal and bentonite clay have their own sets of biological downsides, which suggests the need for a more comprehensive, inclusive approach to oral health care.
In episode 39, we interview periodontist and Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner Dr. Al Danenberg about all things oral health and debunk myths surrounding the mouth’s connection to overall health.
CORRECTION: Dr. Danenberg misspoke when speaking on folate/veggies/gut bacteria. Instead of folate, Dr. Al meant to say NITRATE. 
Topics Discussed:
  • 0:45 – Amber’s back! &  show Intro
  • 7:15 – Dr. Danenberg’s background
  • 9:15 – The difference between functional medicine and conventional medicine
  • 12:45 – How having a stroke at age 59 changed Dr. Danenberg’s perspective on health
  • 20:00 – Ancestral societies vs. modern societies
  • 21:25 – Why our primal ancestral showed no signs of gum disease or tooth decay
  • 22:30 – Over 94% of the adult population as some form of gingivitis
  • 23:00 – Cellular carbs vs. Acellular carbs and how they affect  our microbiome and dental health
  • 29:24 – Is fruit destroying our health?
  • 33:15 – The link between antibacterial mouthwash usage and high blood pressure
  • 35:00 – The importance of folate for eliminating bad breath and improving oral hygiene
  • 39:45 – Why removing bacteria in your mouth is “stupid” and how dental plaque is healthy
  • 44:45 – Proper tongue scraping technique for eliminating odor causing bacteria
  • 50:00 – Why you shouldn’t use essential oils to mask mouth odor
  • 50:30 – Why you shouldn’t use activated charcoal or bentonite clay on a regular basis
  • 51:15 – What Dr. Danenberg recommends for natural teeth whitening
  • 52:45 – Tell tale signs that your mouth is not healthy
  • 56:30 – The 3 most important things you can do to promote oral health
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