Dr. Steven Lin talks with FtC to explain how our mouth is the first place to look as the best sign of whole body health, and how dental health can be vastly improved with diet.
Trained at the University of Sydney, Dr Steven Lin is a practicing dentist and writer with a background in biomedical science. A passionate believer in lifestyle-based health, his work interface between dental and nutritional science and integrates the relationship between oral disease and systemic connection through dietary principles.
FtC: You developed a “diet” guideline for optimal oral health called “The Dental Diet.” Is there a quick breakdown of what this looks like?
Steven: It works with four main principles
- To eat for healthy jaw and face development
- Balance mineral and calcium delivery in the body
- Promote the health of the oral and human microbiome
- Maximize your epigenetic signals via nutrition
If we eat foods that do these four things, you don’t get dental disease, or any of the chronic diseases that are so common today.
FtC: What is one of your favorite dental myths you love debunking?
Steven: Crooked teeth are a genetic problem. They are not. It’s a dietary problem primarily which becomes a functional problem.
Airway focused orthodontics can now straighten teeth without the need for braces simply by correcting their breathing. This is something that many people aren’t aware of.
Jaw and teeth development is primarily a nutritional problem that needs to be corrected with proper diet (which is what The Dental Diet is all about).
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