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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 7, 2018


Healthy eating might be different than you think. In this episode of the Biofilm Factor, Dr. Ryan Nolan talks with Dr. Alvin Danenberg. They discuss how supplements, diet and vitamins influence our oral and gut health. Their simple yet paramount recommendations can decrease your chances of future diseases and can ultimately lead to an overall healthier life. In addition, while discussing the oral systemic link, Dr. Danenberg concludes that the true center of the human biofilm is actually the gut. When are we going to realize that if we continue to eat processed food and don’t take care of our bodies, our bodies won’t be able to take care of us? For more on The Biofilm Factor, follow on Instagram @biofilmfactor and @ryannolandmd or find us on Facebook at The Biofilm Factor Podcast.


Bio for Dr. Alvin Danenberg

Dr. Alvin Danenberg is a periodontist, nutritional expert and author of the book Crazy-Good Living. His work focuses on the connection between diet and the health of the oral microbiome. He graduated from the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery and got his Specialty Certificate in Periodontics from the University of Maryland. He is also a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and served on the faculty of the College of Integrative Medicine. He can be reached on his website


Show Notes:

  • What made Dr. Danenberg want to be a periodontist? [1:21]
  • The connection that Dr. Danenberg made between periodontics and nutrition. [4:21]
  • Discussing a double blind study conducted by Johan Wolberg in Germany.  [9:05]
  • The key element of nutrition is constantly overlooked. [12:40]
  • Chronic disease is not normal; it is unique to the modern man. [14:20]
  • Why is contaminated and over processed food continuing to increase in the United States? [18:18]
  • Even if you have a healthy diet, your levels of stress can negatively influence your gut and mouth biome. [20:30]
  • Discussing the effect of Glyphosate in the body. [23:35]
  • The microbiome and the influence of bacteria and plaque. [27:00]
  • The gut and oral microbiome connection starts in the gut. [33:40]
  • Are there specific things we can do such as taking prebiotics or probiotics, targeting specific bacteria or focusing on the food we eat to improve our oral biome? [36:27]
  • Dr. Danenberg talks about his study called The Periodontal Disease Control Study. [41:45]
  • “If you can make mitochondria healthy in the mouth, you are making mitochondria healthier everywhere.” -Dr. Danenberg [45:13]
  • Is it possible to get bacteria to integrate into an already existing biofilm? [45:43]
  • Our genome mutates slowly compared to the rate that bacteria can mutate. [52:00]
  • There are some things in grains and processed sugars that your body never developed the enzymes to process. [57:30]
  • Grains are a problem and should be eliminated from diets. [1:02:50]
  • Why is K2 so important for the mitochondria? [1:06:20]
  • Although free radicals can have a negative effect, they can also kill bad bacteria. [1:16:00]
  • Do not take vitamin C capsules everyday. [1:20:40]
  • Find your Vitamin D in natural resources such as foods or fish oil. [1:26:00]
  • Juicing or fruit juices eliminate the benefits from fiber and other key elements. [1:29:40]
  • What are things that Dr. Danenberg use to eat that he thought were healthy? [1:31:55]
  • We were made to be hungry; starving actually improves the mitochondria. [1:35:00]
  • Has there been consequences because of the long-term use of chlorhexidine? [1:40:15]
  • There is a connection between your blood pressure and killing the bacteria on your tongue. [1:43:44]
  • You need to be careful with the supplements you are taking and the length of time you are taking them. [1:45:20]
  • Is there a standard way that a biofilm is made or can it be assembled in different ways? [1:50:13]
  • What bacterias are spore-like? [1:53:48]
  • Dr. Danenberg’s opinion on using lasers in dental work. [2:01:35]
  • Dr. Nolan shares his experience with laser treatment. [2:04:50]
  • Ultimately, fuel your body correctly and pay attention to your gut. [2:10:27]
  • Dr. Danenberg shares his opinion on who is the most underserved population and the role of socioeconomics in access to dental care. [2:11:54]
  • Closing thoughts and information on Dr. Danenberg. [2:14:21]