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Would you learn about the oral biofilm if your health depended on it? Well it just might. On the Biofilm Factor, Dr. Ryan Nolan discusses the importance of diet, biofilm management and the oral systemic link with fellow dental professionals. Join us and learn how the state of your oral cavity can impact your overall health.

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Aug 28, 2018


This week the questions turn to our very own host Dr. Ryan Nolan as we reflect on the guests and themes of season one. Find the links to each episode and its guest in the show notes below!


Bio for Dr. Ryan Nolan

Dr. Ryan Nolan is a dental materials scientist who is among the nation’s leading experts on the Oral Biofilm aka Dental Plaque. He attended the University of Illinois in Chicago where he majored in Chemistry before attending dental school at Midwestern University. Today Dr. Nolan is a full time researcher who studies key risk factors associated with dental decay and disease as well as hosts the Biofilm Factor Podcast. Dr. Nolan approaches dental health from a comprehensive standpoint advocating for early intervention, proper diet, custom hygiene regimens and risk factors testing to address problems before they arise. He continues to innovate dental materials and hygiene regimens and discovers new ways to improve oral health.


Season One Episodes


Exploring the Dental Diet ____________________________________________________________ Dr. Steven Lin

Epigenetics _____________________________________________________________________ Dr. Mark Cannon

The Oral Microbiome ______________________________________________________________ Dr. Emily Stein

Making Customized Dentistry Great Again _____________________________________________ Dr. Naif Sinada

Money Matters _________________________________________________________________ Dr. Caroline Zeller

Listen to Your Teeth ______________________________________________________________Dr. Naveen Karim

Good Germ, Bad Germ _____________________________________________________________ Dr. Kim Kutsch

Make a Move _______________________________________________________________________ Mark Rogers

Spirochetes, the OG of Bacteria _________________________________________________ Dr. William Nordquist

To Implant or Not To Implant _______________________________________________________ Dr. Donald Ross

Germs are Friends...and Food ____________________________________________________ Dr. Jenna Macciochi

We’re All in This Together __________________________________________________________ Dr. Lewis Chen

It All Begins in the Gut _________________________________________________________ Dr. Alvin Danenberg

It’s a Gut Feeling __________________________________________________________________ Adrian Corbett

Basic Solutions are Better _______________________________________________________ Dr. Jason Luchtefeld

Show Notes:

  • Why did you decide to do the Biofilm Factor Podcast? [1:15]
  • Of all the things you’ve learned interviewing for the Biofilm Factor, what three things have had the biggest impact on your view of dentistry? [2:08]
  • Dr. Naif Sinada shared that we should foster a culture of wanting to make eachother better. How would you recommend that we do that? [4:55]
    • “We only make each other better when we ask the hard questions.” -Dr. Ryan Nolan
  • You talked with Dr. Lewis Chen about common misconceptions taught in dental school. What was the biggest misconception you were taught? [6:04]
  • If you could change one thing about dental practice, what would it be? [7:43]
  • You and Dr. Lin talked about the influence that food has on overall health. How can dietary choices impact the development of your overall health? [8:56]
  • What was the most interesting thing you learned from reading Dr. Lin’s book, The Dental Diet? [10:35]
  • Dr. Danenberg talked about how food can influence the gut. What is the overlap between the oral biofilm and the gut biofilm? [11:39]
  • Does the gut biome dictate the oral biome or does the oral biome dictate the gut biome? [13:33]
  • After chatting with Dr. Danenberg and Adrian Corbett, what advice have you taken to heart in your life about healing the gut? [14:37]
  • Why or why not is chlorhexidine still the gold standard? [16:05]
  • Dr. Jason Luchtefeld talked about today’s dental products. What did you learn from that discussion? [17:43]
  • In the episodes with Dr. Karim, Mark Rogers and Dr. Macciochi, you talked about the importance of listening to your body and responding correctly. What lifestyle choices should we implement in our lives? [19:25]
  • What ideas would you give a practicing dentist to help improve his or her lifestyle and level of happiness? [21:00]
  • Dr. Stein and Dr. Zeller talked about how difficult it can be to get access to dental care and get proper prevention. What advice would you give us to help those in need? [22:33]
  • What populations and age groups go the most unrecognized and what is the role of socioeconomics in dental health and treatment? [23:50]
  • Dr. Ross discussed his experience with dental surgery and the all-on-4. When dental disease is present and threatening the health of the patient, which factors should we take into account before jumping into a corrective procedure? [25:16]
  • Why is it important to do a bacteria profile on your patient? [27:27]
  • With Dr. Cannon, you talked about how society villanizes bacteria. How is this paradigm going to change and why should it? [29:28]
  • You talked about bacteria and spirochetes with Dr. Cannon, Dr. Stein and Dr. Nordquist. What pathogens did you learn about that you weren’t aware of before? [31:20]
  • What majors themes have stuck out to you the most during season one of the Biofilm Factor? [32:46]
  • How has being the host of this podcast impacted your life?  [33:35]
  • What can we look forward to in season two? [34:16]