Our friend Dr Al Danenberg has 40 years as a dentist specializing in the treatment of gum disease (called a periodontist). In 40 years, you can imagine that he has ‘been there, done that’ in the treatment of gum disease.
However, a twist of fate provoked him to question everything he ‘knew’ to be true regarding how to navigate the path to optimal oral (and whole body) health. He had a stroke.
In 2013, Dr Al was introduced to ancestral nutrition. And, he was ready to hear it.
He took on this new found information (essentially a Paleo like diet) with gusto and he has never looked back. In the process, he has massively improved his own health.
But he didn’t stop there. Being a long time gum disease dentist, he decided to put his new ideas to the test in an in office study where he tested patients for existing gum disease and provided them a specific dietary supplement regime.
Here’s how Dr Al ran his in office study…
He found 13 patients who had existing gum disease, had not had antibiotics in the last 3 months, and were willing to participate in the study.
He tested them for gum pocket depth as well as number of ‘bleed points’ (when the gum pocket easily bleeds when the gum pocket depth tool is gently inserted into the pocket).
From these 13 patients, Dr Al had a total of 41 tooth sites that bled upon probing and an average pocket depth of 6.5mm. He also tested their C reactive protein levels, a blood bio-marker commonly used to identify inflammation in the body.
Then Dr Al directed the patients to follow this protocol for 30 days:
Don’t change your diet
Don’t change your oral hygiene
Add the following supplements to your diet
8 capsules of Green Pasture’s blend of fermented cod liver oil with high vitamin butter oil
2 capsules of Green Pasture’s fermented skate liver oil
2 capsules of Oregon’s Wild Harvest organic kelp powder
Dr Al then retested all 13 patients after the 30 days.
Results from the in office study:
66% reduction in the number of sites that bled when probed.
Average gum pocket depth decreased from 6.5mm to 5mm.
No change to C reactive protein levels.
So, what do we make of this awesome study?
We’re on the right track. 🙂 Diet is foundational in helping us navigate to optimal oral health. This is clearly shown by the reduction in pocket depth and the number of pockets that bled when probed.
However, diet alone is only part of the path. This is shown by the fact that C reactive protein levels remained unchanged through the study.
To best support us in creating massive positive change, we must approach this subject from two angles.
1. In the mouth using strategies proven to consistently lower infection in gum pockets
2. System wide immune support (which diet is a big part of) to maximize the body’s ability to mount an immune response to the bad bugs.
If you’d like to read more about our ‘two prong’ approach to effectively address existing gum disease, check out our Healthy Mouth System. It’s an educational product that teaches you how to effectively address this complex subject from both an ‘in the mouth’ angle as well as a ‘system wide immune supporting’ approach.
Also, here’s a link to an article where a thrilled happy Healthy Mouth System customer lays out what she did to create massive change in her oral health over just 42 days.
Kudos to Dr Al Danenberg for conducting this study! If you’d like to learn more about Dr Al, here’s a link to his site.
Feel free to download our FREE Guide to Safe Dentistry, which explains what questions to ask to find a dental team who will work with you on your journey to greater oral health.
What 42 Days of Positive Action Can Accomplish (customer story)
4 Reasons Why Brushing Is So Important (article)
19 Pearls for Overall Health (guest post from Dr Al)
What to Eat to Support Greater Oral Health (article)
What Foods Undermine Our Oral Health and Why (article)
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