19 episodes

Each episode addresses a reader's dental issue through the lens of Dr. B's root cause and evidence-based approach to dental health and dentistry. Dr. Burhenne is a functional dentist and bestselling author whose website AsktheDentist.com is visited by millions of readers each year.

Ask the Dentist with Dr. Mark Burhenne Dr. Mark Burhenne - Functional Dentist

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Each episode addresses a reader's dental issue through the lens of Dr. B's root cause and evidence-based approach to dental health and dentistry. Dr. Burhenne is a functional dentist and bestselling author whose website AsktheDentist.com is visited by millions of readers each year.

    What is Sjögren's syndrome?

    What is Sjögren's syndrome?

    Sjögren's is an autoimmune disease that wreaks havoc on your immune system. One of the major symptoms of the disease is a dry mouth, the result of attacks on your saliva glands. As saliva plays a pivotal role in speaking, swallowing, and eating, having a dry mouth can be highly problematic. This issue does not only affect those with Sjögren's, so today's episode applies to everyone. In this show, Dr. B. unpacks the issue of dry mouth and resultant oral thrush. He also provides some actionable steps you can take, along with products you can use if you suffer from these conditions. Tune in to hear it all!


    Key Points From This Episode:
    Hear about what Sjögren's syndrome isInsights into what causes a dry mouth and the adverse side effects of the conditionWhat to do about dry mouth, one major symptom of Sjögren'sThings to add to your regimen to help with the demineralization of your teethSome things to do to deal with the candida if you have itBiotene, the artificial saliva product, can help if you have extreme dry mouth

    How to Submit Your Question:
    Record your question for Dr. B at speakpipe.com/askthedentist 


    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Ask the Dentist
    About Dr. Mark Burhenne
    Follow Dr. B on Instagram @askthedentist
    Follow Dr. B on Twitter @askthedentist
    Ask Dr. B a Question
    Functional Dentist Directory
    Biotene
    Dry Mouth: Consequences, Causes, and Treatments

    • 14 min
    What Are The Dangers of Fluoride Ingestion?

    What Are The Dangers of Fluoride Ingestion?

    Today we dive into a question that has been a sensitive topic for a long time. We are talking about the dangers of fluoride and providing some advice for the best practices for parents wondering about steps to take to prevent their children from ingesting the chemical. This subject has been discussed for decades now, since the introduction of fluoride into the water supply, and its use in dental care generally, but there is more available research now than ever before, and the findings are more emphatic for it; fluoride ingestion has been shown to negatively affect the health of children, with the most worrying results being damage to the brain. With this in mind, it is clearly worth thinking about the measures you can take to reduce these risks and protect your child as early as possible. In today's discussion, we talk about some of the steps that can be taken by parents, even before conception, and why these strategies do not have to be expensive and difficult. There is hope for changes in legislation and practice in the future, but until then these are the best ways to stay healthy and offer your children the healthiest future! Tune in to hear what you can do today!


    Key Points From This Episode:
    Today's question: What are the responsibilities of parents regarding fluoride? A brief history of the research into the effects of fluoride on babies and childrenFiltration measures to take against the ingestion of fluoride in waterRealistic prevention of exposure to fluoride The main reason to avoid fluoride ingestion: brain damage The susceptibility of younger brains to the effects of fluoride Simple and affordable ways to reduce fluoride in tap water Educating yourself through the available information and research on the subjectPossible changes in regulation and what we can hope for in the future 

    How to Submit Your Question:
    Record your question for Dr. B at speakpipe.com/askthedentist 


    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Ask the Dentist
    About Dr. Mark Burhenne
    Follow Dr. B on Instagram @askthedentist
    Follow Dr. B on Twitter @askthedentist
    Ask Dr. B a Question
    The Broken Brain Podcast Episode with Dr. B
    Fluoride Action Network
    Functional Dentist Directory

    • 17 min
    What Are The Best Prescription Toothpaste Alternatives?

    What Are The Best Prescription Toothpaste Alternatives?

    If you have ever been prescribed toothpaste such as PreviDent 5000, you might have wondered how they work and whether there are any non-fluoride alternatives. The good news is there are, and they are extremely safe to use. In today's episode, Dr. B shed light on hydroxyapatite toothpaste and why they are such great replacements for their conventional counterparts. We also get some product recommendations from Dr. B along with advice on how to use these kinds of toothpaste to ensure maximum efficacy. Tune in to hear it all!


    Key Points From This Episode:
    Dr. B's take on PreviDent 5000 and similar productsWhy products like PreviDent 5000 are only available via prescriptionThe different forms that fluoride typically takesWhat studies have shown about a 10% concentration of hydroxyapatite and the benefits it offersWhy Dr. B is so excited about hydroxyapatiteWarnings around boutique toothpaste that claim to contain hydroxyapatiteHow to use the toothpaste, Boka, Dr. B recommends

    How to Submit Your Question:
    Record your question for Dr. B at speakpipe.com/askthedentist 


    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Ask the Dentist
    About Dr. Mark Burhenne
    Follow Dr. B on Instagram @askthedentist
    Follow Dr. B on Twitter @askthedentist
    Ask Dr. B a Question
    Functional Dentist Directory
    Hydroxyapatite Toothpaste
    Boka
    RiseWell

    • 15 min
    What is Miswak?

    What is Miswak?

    If you haven't heard of miswak, you are not alone. Despite its prevalence in many Muslim and Arab countries, it is not widely known around the world. Miswak is a tooth-cleaning twig or chewing stick made from the roots of the Arak tree, Salvadora persica. In today's episode, Dr. B sheds some light on this twig, how it works, and what studies have shown about people who use it rather than toothpaste. Although it is likely safe to use, when the ingredient is found in commercial products, it might not have the same effect as the unprocessed compound itself. Tune in to hear all this and more!


    Key Points From This Episode:
    When Dr. B discovered miswak as a young dentist Many countries around the world use miswak, a tooth cleaning twig Discover what miswak is and the compound that makes it workWhat studies have shown about populations who use miswak as opposed to toothbrushes Dr. B's experience in Nigeria, where he worked with a community using chewing sticks Whatever our ancestors were doing to take care of their oral health worked The only toothpaste ingredient Dr. B wholeheartedly recommends

    How to Submit Your Question:
    Record your question for Dr. B at speakpipe.com/askthedentist 


    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Ask the Dentist
    About Dr. Mark Burhenne
    Follow Dr. B on Instagram @askthedentist
    Follow Dr. B on Twitter @askthedentist
    Ask Dr. B a Question
    Hydroxyapatite Toothpaste
    Functional Dentist Directory

    • 12 min
    Should My 14-Year-Old Use Sleep Tape?

    Should My 14-Year-Old Use Sleep Tape?

    If your child is having difficulty with anxiety or concentration it is a good idea to consider whether poor sleep is the culprit. Today on the show Dr. B responds to a question from a listener in which she asks if it is a good idea to suggest mouth taping to her 14-year-old daughter. Dr. B recommends mouth taping for anybody over three years of age and he spends this episode talking about why. Before diving into the benefits of using sleep tape our host takes a few moments to refresh listeners on the functional medicine approach and why patients would be better off choosing a healthcare practitioner that follows this framework for diagnosis and treatment. Moving onto the subject of sleep, we hear about how sleeping with the mouth open changes blood chemistry as well as respiratory rate, is indicative of developmental issues, and how these changes can have detrimental consequences on our wellbeing. Dr. B makes recommendations for the best kinds of mouth tape to use, how to breach the subject of mouth taping with teenagers, and the kinds of problems that sleep tape could clear up. Tune in today! 


    Key Points From This Episode:
    How the functional medicine approach is a better choice because it treats causesThe limits of the information that is taught to healthcare providers during collegeNoelle asks Dr. B whether her 14-year-old should use sleep tapeWhy Dr. B recommends mouth taping from ages three and upRecommendations for the best types of tape to useReasons for the yellowing of the teeth including sleeping with the mouth openDiagnosing one’s children to see if they are sleeping with their mouths openThe kinds of problems sleeping with one’s mouth open indicatesThe benefits of mouth taping for better sleep and the knock-on effects of this

    How to Submit Your Question:
    Record your question for Dr. B at speakpipe.com/askthedentist 


    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Ask the Dentist
    About Dr. Mark Burhenne
    Follow Dr. B on Instagram @askthedentist
    Follow Dr. B on Twitter @askthedentist
    Ask Dr. B a Question
    Functional Dentist Directory

    • 12 min
    Do You Need to Premedicate?

    Do You Need to Premedicate?

    An issue that causes a great deal of confusion is whether or not patients need to premedicate before a dental procedure. While your physician may recommend one thing, your dentist might say another, and as a patient, this can be stressful and anxiety-inducing. In today’s episode, Dr. B sheds light on this topic and talks about why you don’t need to premedicate if you have a prosthetic joint. He also gets into why this is such a complex issue and offers advice on what you can do if you are taking antibiotics frequently. As research continues to show, long-term antibiotic use causes more harm than good, so it is vital to be careful when taking them. Be sure to tune in today!


    Key Points From This Episode:
    There is a problem with the over-prescription of antibioticsWhy you don’t need to premedicate before a dental procedure if you have a prosthetic jointThe complications that arise around premedication protocolsIf you can, bring in the necessary documentation before you visit your dentistWhere the need for premedication comes fromAdvice for what to do if you are frequently taking antibioticsYou can take the pre-medication within two hours of the procedure you are having done

    How to Submit Your Question:
    Record your question for Dr. B at speakpipe.com/askthedentist 


    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Ask the Dentist
    About Dr. Mark Burhenne
    Follow Dr. B on Instagram @askthedentist
    Follow Dr. B on Twitter @askthedentist
    Ask Dr. B a Question
    Functional Dentist Directory

    • 10 min

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