Have you noticed that some people can have a mouth full of cavities, while others don’t? Which category do you fall in? If you think that brushing and flossing alone will prevent cavities, you might be interested in hearing about the myriad of other ways we can have good oral
health—and how a healthy mouth contributes to a healthy body.
Dr. Steven Lin sits down with host of The Broken Brain Podcast, Dhru Purohit, today to talk about functional dentistry. Just how is this different than conventional dentistry? You’ll find out in this podcast. Dhru and Dr. Lin also discuss the history of the development of our jaws, the ecosystem in our mouths, dangers of mouth breathing, what bleeding gums really mean, and many other fascinating topics.
In this episode, we dive into:
- The value of a smile (3:12)
- Development of our jaws (8:43)
- Dr. Lin’s personal story (12:34)
- Dental health is more than just brushing (16:29)
- What is functional dentistry? (19:24)
- Chronic disease starts in the mouth (23:18)
- The mouth’s ecosystem (28:01)
- Why does one person get cavities and another person doesn’t? (30:40)
- Breathing through your nose and your mouth (36:34)
- Sleep apnea and anxiety (40:34)
- Mouth taping (46:25)
- Nutrients to support a healthy mouth (50:40)
- Bleeding gums and the gut microbiome (54:23)
- Tongue exercises for digestive support (57:28)
- Where can I find a functional dentist? (1:00:43)
I hope the information in this podcast is helpful to you.
Wishing you health and happiness,
Mark Hyman, MD