My gosh, this was one super exciting interview for me - I’m such a fan of Stevens work. Steven is a Functional Dentist practicing from the Central Coast of NSW Australia, He’s the author of ‘The Dental Diet’ drawing the link between your teeth, real food and life-changing natural health - something we all must read. He shares his knowledge and passion across his instagram account which is worth the follow. You can also find more on Stevens work, keep up to date with what he’s doing and get in touch with him here or book in with him at his dentistry here.
I think you’ll be surprised by his tips for oral and dental health - not the typical ‘brush and floss daily’ kinda thing…
Q: Tell us about what you do – what is at the heart of it?
A: I see people with problems in the mouth every day. Our view of dentistry has been that we go to the dentist when we have a broken tooth. However, dental diseases are 99% preventable! That means they are a long-term chronic process in the body. When we understand this, it changes our view of our teeth and our body. For example, gut health is intimately connected to (and most easily measured) in the mouth. One of the most significant problems is that crooked teeth (why kids need braces today), is a nutritional problem! We can prevent crooked teeth with the correct nutritional and functional habits in kids.
Functional dentistry is an exciting model that uses the mouth to heal the entire body. We prevent braces in kids, heal gum disease alongside the gut, reverse chronic sleep disorders and use biocompatible aesthetic dental materials.
Q: How did it all begin?
A: I was taking some time away from dentistry because I was unsure if I could continue to practice for the rest of my life. It felt like my inspiration had left me. During a backpacking trip through Europe, I came across a book called ‘Nutrition and Physical Degeneration’ by a dentist named Weston A Price. He wrote it in the 30s and showed that all diet diseases linked to eating the modern diet. At first I didn’t understand it, however I began to realise that Price’s work was far more advanced than what my dental training had taught me. It would take me many years to fully understand crooked teeth as a nutritional problem and led me to write The Dental Diet
Q: What does health and wellness mean to you?
A: It’s always been a fundamental part of my life. When I see patients who are suffering from health issues, I always try to help bring this connection back into their perspective. Health is everything and we really suffer when we disconnect it from our everyday life.
Q: What is your number one health tip for general well-being?
A: Eat for strong teeth! Foods rich in calcium balancing fat-soluble vitamins are rich in vitamins A, D, and K2. These are organ meats, full-fat grass-raised dairy, egg yolks, ferments & whole seafoods.
Q: What is your favorite food/meal
A: So many to choose from! Lamb shanks braised in broth & butter soaked spinach comes to mind.
Q: What is one thing people can do today to support their dental and oral health?
A: Sleep well. One thing we often miss is how important sleep is for our brain and teeth. You have one job to do when you sleep, and that’s to breathe. People often miss oxygen as the number on nutrient and if you don’t breathe correctly, you could be suffering from a tiredness/teethgrinding/headaches/digestive issues/anxiety & depression. In my practice we always use sleep as the foundation to both dental and overall health.
I love the work and the message Dr Steven is spreading, helping us to draw the links between the importance of diet and dental health, we have known for years now the damage that sugar can cause but we don’t often think about the benefits of specific foods on our development of health jaws, teeth and bones. I strongly encourage you to get your hands on his latest book, The Dental Diet - its information we all need to read.
If anything has really stuck out for you, share it in the comments below - would love to know what your top takeaway from this interview was.
Yours in Health,