Health and Wellness

The Roots of Health

Meredith Rhodes Carson

The Roots of Health – Modern Oral Health with Dr. Alvin Danenberg

The modern state of our dental health is less than desirable, our jaws are narrow – our teeth are crowded & crooked, we have cavities, gum disease & braces are pretty much a rite of passage… Our approach today is to focus on oral hygiene; brushing, flossing, fluoride treatments, and professional cleanings a couple times a year…  paleolithic humans didn’t benefit from any of these modern interventions – yet their remains tell a story of wide jaws, straight teeth, and apparently healthy gums.

What’s the disconnect here?

Unlike the traditional approach to dental health, my guest today has a much more holistic & functional view. Dr. Alvin Danenberg, or Dr. Dan as his patients call him, is a periodontist and functional medicine practitioner with an ancestral perspective.

Al and I chat about his background, his new holistic approach to his practice, his opinion about water fluoridation (I had to ask), the reasons why our teeth are so crooked these days (this is a relatively new condition), if brushing and flossing is enough to keep your mouth healthy today, and his recommendations for oral hygiene.

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