Jul 31, 2018
Ultimately, dentists and doctors
are on the same team. In this episode of the Biofilm Factor, Dr.
Ryan Nolan talks with Dr. Lewis Chen. They discuss the rise of
diabetes, and the influence it can have on an individual’s length
and quality of life. In addition, they promote prevention through
investing in one’s health early on through proper nutrition. Dr.
Chen talks about the current workings of dentistry and the needed
shift for dentists to become more involved in the patient’s overall
health instead of limiting their work to simply endpoint treatment.
What dentists are taught in dental school is insufficient.
Everything in our bodies is linked; isn’t it time for healthcare to
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Bio for Dr. Lewis Chen
Dr. Lewis Chen graduated from
Columbia University with his Doctorate of Dental Surgery. He is
currently a clinician who takes a modern approach to patient
management and emphasizes the influence of nutrition on a patient’s
oral and overall health. He can be reached on Instagram
@dr.lewischen or on his website www.lewischendds.com.
got Dr. Chen interested in dentistry and what is his vision moving
dentistry going to change in the next 10 or 20 years through
research and product development? [3:10]
- Discussing the possibility of nutritional
counseling in dentistry. [5:30]
- Invest in your health by avoiding poor food
- Understanding the oral systemic link and why it
is so important. [14:40]
oral systemic link is beyond just your personal oral and overall
Nolan discusses the case study of one of his patients.
- Always read the labels because you don’t know
the amount of sugar that is being added to your food.
- Recent research shows the slim connection
between diet and your cholesterol levels. [26:33]
2 diabetes and elevated insulin influencing your immune system.
of Americans are diabetic and 26% are prediabetic.
diabetes is bad in terms of bone loss and how the immune system
handles it. [34:00]
Nolan shares his experience with a patient who suffered from
- Checking people’s blood pressure when they come
to the dentist because they might not be seeing a doctor.
average, dentists are seen more often than doctors, should dentists
give nutritional counseling for the overall health of their
is the importance of antioxidants for your oral and overall health?
food you eat influences your gut biome and your microbiome.
- Discussing the differences in disease states
between the United States and Asia. [54:37]
diet are we enforcing? Processed or fresh? [59:00]
Chen’s thoughts on chlorhexidine use. Is it still the gold standard
or is there room for improvement? [1:00:40]
Chen’s thoughts on xylitol. [1:03:38]
- Discussing the use of antibiotics and the
future of antibiotic use. [1:06:17]
Chen gives advice to dentists in the United States.
population and age group goes the most unrecognized and what is the
role of socioeconomics in dental health and treatment?
was the biggest misconception that Dr. Chen was taught in dental
Chen talks about a case that changed his life and made him think
about dentistry differently. [1:18:33]
- Closing thoughts and information about Dr.
Lewis Chen. [1:21:30]