22 / How Good Dental Hygiene Will Improve Your Overall Health

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We hear a lot of talk from experts about the importance of the gut microbiome but you have another microbiome that is just as influential, and it’s in your mouth. In fact, you are probably doing things every day that harm the community of helpful bacteria that live in your mouth. Today’s guest, Dr. Gerry Curatola, sheds some light on the little-understood importance of oral health and what you can do to take care of it.

Dr. Gerry Curatola has an integrative dental practice on Park Ave in New York City and he’s a special kind of dentist that you might never have heard of, a biological restorative dentist. Dr. Curatola has more than 30 years of clinical experience in dentistry and he is the inventor of Revitin, a revolutionary toothpaste aimed at supporting the oral microbiome. He’s also my dentist.

Today we discuss the unsung importance of the bacteria in your mouth. We talk about getting your mouth’s bacteria back into balance and how that supports so many parts of your overall health. There are many accepted truths about dentistry that Dr. Curatola deconstructs in our conversation and if you are serious about a more healthy life, then you need to hear about the important facets of your oral health that we discuss here.

Do you do anything to support your oral microbiome? Tell me about it in the comments on the episode page!

In this episode:

  • Why it's important to treat the bacteria in your mouth nicely
  • How most kinds of toothpaste are not good for your mouth
  • The mouth as a mirror for the body and how most diseases affect it or start there
  • Five major dental dangers that are commonly misunderstood
  • Why fluoride is overrated, and in fact, can be harmful
  • The connection between the teeth and your internal organs
  • What you can start doing today to protect your oral and whole-body health

Quotes:

“The reality is that bacteria are bacteria. Like people, when you treat them nicely they behave nicely.” [3:21]

“Gum disease is the body’s number one source of chronic low-grade inflammation, and that is a silent alarm-bell.” [16:43]

“Our teeth and bones are vital organs that have this vitality that has a metabolism of mineralization.” [32:07]

“Now we know that there are neurovascular bundles around teeth. So if there’s a toxicity around one tooth, it actually can weaken an energy field around a certain organ.” [42:46]

“I find that eliminating toxicity, improving your diet and nutrition, getting regular exercise, and managing your stress, are the four pillars of living a longer healthier life.” [44:20]

Links:

Win a copy of Gerry's Book & toothpaste here!

Find Dr. Curatola online at Rejuvenation Dentistry

The Mouth-Body Connection by Gerry Curatola

Revitin Toothpaste

The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology

Check out the full show notes for this episode here

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