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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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Jun 26, 2018


The bacteria in your body is more important than you might realize. In this episode of The Biofilm Factor, Dr. Ryan Nolan talks with Dr. Kim Kutsch, CEO and founder of CTX CariFree Rinse. They talk about the role of bacteria and how good and bad bacteria interact within your body; in fact, they influence the food you crave, the strength of your teeth and your chances of developing health risks. In addition, they discuss the four main risk factors of dental caries and how they manifest differently in each patient. Maybe it’s your genetics or maybe it’s your diet, but ignoring bacteria is not an option. For more on The Biofilm Factor, follow on Instagram @biofilmfactor and @ryannolandmd or find us on Facebook at The Biofilm Factor Podcast.


Dr. Kim Kutsch’s Four Main Risk Factors:

  1. Dry Mouth
  2. American Diet
  3. Poorly Managed Biofilm
  4. Genetics


Bio of Dr. Kim Kutsch

Dr. Kim Kutsch is the CEO and founder of CTX CariFree Rinse. His company focuses on improving the oral health care of individuals as well as providing a customized approach to those that are not easily treated through the one-size-fits-all mindset in dentistry. Dr. Kutsch advocates for prevention and the promotion of laser dentistry through foundations and research. He is involved and gives lectures with the American Dental Association. He can be reached at his email

Show Notes

  • What made Dr. Kutsch start CTX and what was the vision?  [1:02]
  • Mouthwashes on the market have very low pH levels. [5:19]
  • We are eating food that has been acidified. [7:48]
  • Dr. Nolan talks about the effect of cutting out Coca Cola from his diet. [8:56]
  • What is the pH of bottled water? [11:30]
  • Dr. Kutsch explains the pH scale. [14:02]
  • Are we actually recognizing or understanding the real risk factors of dental caries? [16:24]
  • First greatest risk factor for dental caries is not enough saliva. [18:00]
  • Second greatest risk factor for dental caries is the American diet. [21:50]
  • Only 3% of your daily calories should come from sugar which is approximately ⅔ of a teaspoon. [23:00]
  • The third greatest risk factor for dental caries is too much biofilm or a biofilm that is not acting properly. [25:35]
  • The fourth risk factor for dental caries is genetics. [27:39]
  • Which teeth are the most protected in the mouth? [30:54]
  • Genetics count for 30% of a patient’s risk for dental caries. [32:40]
  • There is no way that an individual can get all the necessary nutrition if he or she can’t chew. [34:30]
  • 90% of the cells in the human body are not human cells. [35:30]
  • Periodontal pathogens play a role in peripheral vascular disease and the book How to Beat the Heart Attack Gene. [38:00]
  • Pay attention to oral bacteria because your mouth plays a major role in your systemic health. [42:08]
  • Do certain bacterial adaptations allow for overgrowth and influence other bacterias such as S. mutans? [43:30]
  • It all comes down to the behavior of the biofilm factor. [47:00]
  • Bacteria across various species in your mouth can share DNA. [48:50]
  • The biofilm is a function of the environment whether you are moving towards good health or poor health. [50:53]
  • “Your biofilm in your mouth is more unique than your fingerprint.”-Dr. Kutsch [54:20]
  • Recognizing the patterns of bacteria clusters and the insight into an individual’s risk of dental caries. [57:02]
  • Are there times where the biofilm is less diverse and more monochromatic? Does diversity play a role in disease states? [58:16]
  • The body is designed to be healthy. [1:03:20]
  • Dr. Nolan discusses dry mouth and different methods other than diet to eliminate it. [1:03:40]
  • Xylitol benefits with women who are pregnant or breastfeeding as well as other health benefits. [1:07:30]
  • The biofilm begins to develop as an infant exits the birth canal. [1:09:10]
  • We need to target our research and therapy to match the specific risks of patients, not general risks. [1:13:55]
  • Is chlorhexidine still the gold standard? [1:15:50]
  • Dr. Nolan talks about the benefits he has seen with using CTX. [1:24:30]
  • Your saliva is saturated with HA and fluorapatite.  [1:29:11]
  • We can’t even begin to appreciate the human body and the building blocks of our teeth. [1:31:30]
  • The first report in 1942 studied the use of fluorapatite and its influence on decay reduction. [1:34:14]
  • Dr. Nolan and Dr. Kutsch talk about Pompeii and the civilization’s technology. [1:39:40]
  • What does Dr. Kutsch think about probiotics and prebiotics? [1:41:50]
  • Dr. Nolan thinks probiotics for the mouth are possible despite the difficulty of overcoming an established biofilm. [1:45:04]
  • Closing thoughts and information about CTX and Dr. Kim Kutsch. [1:47:20]