Hay House Radio Episode Recap
- Episode Name: “The Mouth-Body Connection: Your Teeth & Your Health”
- Live Broadcast: February 6th, 2017 at 3:00 pm Pacific Time
Episode Summary Re-cap
Studies show that the health of your mouth can impact your whole bodyDiabetes, heart problems, lung issues (pneumonia, COPD), obesity, arthritis, osteoporosis and more have been linked to issues in the mouth. Find out why there is a mouth-body connection and what you can do to ensure optimal mouth and body wellness.
Special Guest: Dr. Stacy Godes
Dr. Stacy Godes (pronounced “Goddess”) chose to pursue a career in the dental profession as a way to help people achieve their goals related to overall health and well-being. Combining the art and science of dentistry into a tool for healing is a passion for Dr. Godes, as she works to promote health, wellness and healing of her patients.
Dr. Godes may not have started out as a holistic dentist but her early experiences in traditional dentistry left her wanting to find a better way to treat patients with more of a focus on the whole person. Having a deep passion for health, fitness and nutrition in her personal and professional lives, combined with an ingrained appreciation for non-traditional health care alternatives, Dr. Godes eventually turned to holistic dentistry. Holistic dentistry has since become not only a satisfying philosophy but a practice that allows Dr. Godes to blend personal lifestyle with professional ideals.
Dr. Godes has become one of the best in her field. Today she is an expert in ozone treatments, cavitation surgeries and mercury extraction, among many other biological dental treatments, and has trained with some of the top organizations and doctors in the field of biological dentistry. She is one of 500 dentists to have in her office CEREC technology (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, or CEramic REConstruction). CEREC is a method for creating, producing and inserting same-day dental ceramic restorations, rather than the traditional process involving multiple visits with lab work in between.
Dr. Godes also continues to study diet and nutrition and their impact on wellness. Striving to combine the techniques and artistry of general dentistry with an ever- expanding understanding of the impact that oral health has on the entire body, Dr. Godes can provide care beyond that normally offered by traditional dentistry. She describes her greatest professional accomplishments as using holistic techniques to achieve improvements in the health of very sick patients who feel that traditional medical and dental practitioners have given up on them.
When not at the office, Dr. Godes enjoys working on her own health and fitness routines and enjoys cooking and travel as well as spending time with family, which includes a supportive husband, three children and three dogs.
(The Tooth-Meridian Chart shows the meridians and organs linked to each tooth in your mouth. If you have any pain, root canals, etc, check this chart to see how your teeth related to the rest of your body)
The Mouth-Body Connection: Your Teeth & Your Health
Today, we are going to reveal how the health of your mouth and teeth affects the health of your body and mind. Studies show that diabetes, heart problems, lung issues (pneumonia, COPD), obesity, arthritis, osteoporosis and more have been linked to issues in the mouth. Find out why there is a mouth-body connection and what you can do to ensure optimal mouth and body wellness.
Holistic Dentistry vs. Conventional Dentistry – What’s the Difference?
Holistic dentistry is different from conventional dentistry because it takes into account the entire person. A holistic dentist will not just evaluate the health of your teeth and mouth, they take all of your symptoms and your whole health into account because they recognize that the wellbeing of your teeth reflects the health of your overall body.
Additionally, holistic dentists use more natural and biocompatible (works well with the human body) materials, reducing the potential toxins and chemicals used in conventional dentistry. You can expect a holistic dentist to talk with you about natural options for fillings and other dental procedures.
Myths and Truths about Mercury
In the beginning of the 1800s, they realized that mercury was a toxin, but they didn’t realize that using it in fillings would release toxins and vapors in the body. Its use in dentistry has been political and financial (cheap to use).
Silver amalgam fillings are 50% mercury. The rest is silver, tin and copper. Mercury was used for what was considered good reasons a long time ago, but it’s not a safe material from what we know today. Mercury is a neurotoxin and has negative affects on the brain and body. It can release vapors as it breaks down in the mouth or as you eat hot or acidic foods.
Safe Mercury Filling Removal – Look for a dentist with experience and training on safe removal of mercury. HEPA filters, mouth guards, cold water spray, rubber dam, essential oils and proper protective gear over clothing. Make sure to ask questions before choosing a dentist and find out their training and experience. Talk to previous patients if you are concerned.
What About Fluoride?
Fluoride is a cumulative poison, in some cases worse than aluminum and lead. It’s been added to water, toothpastes, and dental products. Dr. Stacy Godes recommends that you avoid fluoridated water (each state has different policies on fluoride in tap water). There are excellent toothpastes you can purchase without fluoride.
For drinking water, consider a filter on your tap that filters out chlorine, fluoride and other chemicals. Some great options are:
Berkey Filters – there are many Berkey Filter options at different price ranges. Check the specs for the one that gives you the protection you desire at your ideal price point.
MultiPure Under-Sink Reverse Osmosis and Carbon – Multipure is a highly regarded water filtration system. You can find them at a variety of price points. The undersink combo Reverse Osmosis and carbon filter is excellent for the number of toxins and chemicals it removes from the water.
Add minerals back into your water – Many people are mineral deficient and water filters and tap water tend to be low in minerals. Reverse Osmosis water is devoid of minerals and it’s very important to add them back into your water. Two to three drops of Anderson’s Sea MD can be an excellent way to get a wide base of high quality minerals back into your water. This benefits your body, and especially your teeth, since they are made up of minerals.
Minerals and bone broth are excellent for your teeth instead of fluoride. The collagen (gelatin) and minerals in bone broth helps your body get what it needs for healthy teeth and gum tissue. Bone broth also helps reduce inflammation, which is often a root cause for dental issues.
Things to Avoid in Toothpaste
- Sodium Laurel (or Laureth) Sulfate (SLS)
- Synthetic solvents and chemicals
Instead, look for ingredients like: essential oils, herbs, coconut oil, minerals, sea salt, etc.
Some Good Options: Holistic Dental Herbal Gum & Tooth Powder, Dental Herb Company Tooth & Gums Paste, Jason Sea Fresh, Perio-Paste (good for sensitive teeth).
Daily Habits for Healthy Teeth
- Brushing 2-3 times per day – using a natural toothpaste (see above).
- Flossing daily – choose a natural floss, like Desert Essence.
- Oil pulling – 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, swish without swallowing for about 20 minutes and then spit out the oil in the trash.
- Diet is key! Bone broth is incredibly helpful for anti-inflammatory and immune boosting aspects, along with collagen and minerals for your teeth. Plenty of greens, avoidance of refined sugars and processed foods is important as well. Here are some nutritional guidelines that were successful in dental health.
Tools: Essential oils like peppermint, oregano oil (for infection or abcess) can be helpful to combat bacteria. Lavender essential oil can calm down gum issues or some types of pain. Ozone is also a very potent anti-bacterial that is an all-natural oxygenated product.
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