What teeth say about your gut health
When dental hygiene doesn’t prevent bleeding gums and cavities, it’s time to look to histamine, mast cells and the wondrous world of bacteria living in the mouth. Dentist and author Dr. Steven Lin shares the tell tale signs of mouth flora imbalance, and how histamine and mast cells may contribute to gingivitis, dental erosion, and bleeding gums. You can listen to the interview using the player below, or read the transcript just underneath. Yasmina : Today, I’m interviewing Dr. Steven Lin, a dentist with a focus on nutrition. He’s been published on platforms such as TEDx, the Sydney Morning Herald, the British Dental Journal, the Huffington Post, and About.com. He’s currently writing his own publication, The Dental Diet, which will be released by Hay House in the United States, the UK, Australia, and Germany in January 2018. Dr. Lin’s CPD-accredited practitioner-training course, Nutrition and the Dental Practice, is educating a new wave of dentists to incorporate preventive dietary principles into oral health care. His own platform, DrStevenLin.com, has a rapidly growing audience of over 100,000 followers. In addition to being an amazing dentist, researcher, writer, just all-around human being, Steven is a friend of mine, and I’m really excited to have him here today and to talk about something that is of great interest to our growing community, which is our dental health. Now, I was really excited to talk to Dr. Lin about this a few months ago, where I mentioned that one of my odd symptoms, back in the day when I was having really bad ones … In my heyday, I was having upwards of 55 of them. I mentioned that bleeding gums were a huge problem for me, something that really freaked me out at the time, and he said that there is actually a mast-cell/histamine link. That’s what we’re going to be focusing on today, dental health and histamine and mast cells. Dr. Lin, thank you very much for joining us here today. Dr. Lin: It’s great to be here, Yasmina. It’s been a while since we talked, but I’ve been thinking about this a lot. I’ve actually been doing a lot of reading and also working with some patients, talking about some of the links between gingivitis and mast cell over-reactivity in the body, so I’m really excited to talk to you about it today. Yasmina : What do bleeding gums have to do with mast cells and histamine generally in your experience and in your research? Because you are a fabulous researcher and there is a plethora of amazing information on your website.