Dr. Philip Oubre, MD (00:00):
Hey, everybody! We're going to be invading someone else's territory today. I'm talking about dental medicine and how dentistry and your teeth, five ways your teeth are making you sick is the topic of this video.
Aubree Steen, FNTP (00:11):
Dr. Philip Oubre, MD (00:11):
And first I want to say that I am Dr. Philip Oubre. I'm an MD. I'm not a dentist, okay? Weirdly enough, and this is of course Aubree.
Aubree Steen, FNTP (00:19):
Dr. Philip Oubre, MD (00:20):
And so weirdly enough, I've had to learn a lot more about teeth and dental health because dental health can make you sick.
Aubree Steen, FNTP (00:29):
Dr. Philip Oubre, MD (00:29):
Now, even in conventional medical school, we are taught that if you have plaque and inflammation in your mouth, they didn't call it inflammation, but any kind of gingivitis or cavities or whatever it may be, you have early heart attacks. It's a fact, proven research. That's... I'm not even dentist, and that is a true fact.
Dr. Philip Oubre, MD (00:46):
So, what we want to teach you is there's actually five things that are going on in your mouth that can actually cause all disease. One of the things we'd like to point out is of course, you do not have teeth in your heart.
Aubree Steen, FNTP (00:56):
Correct. [inaudible 00:00:58]
Dr. Philip Oubre, MD (01:00):
There're no teeth in your heart, so how come dental inflammation, dental problems can cause heart attacks? It's because chronic inflammation anywhere causes damage everywhere, and based on your particular environment, and genetics, and all that is where you end up having disease. So, one person has dental inflammation and developed an autoimmune disorder. Another person has dental inflammation and causes a heart attack and other dementia, whatever it may be. Chronic inflammation anywhere, damages the body everywhere.
Aubree Steen, FNTP (01:29):
Dr. Philip Oubre, MD (01:30):
So, the five things that we can teach you about dental health, with us as an asterisk that we are not dentists, we have [crosstalk 00:01:36]
Aubree Steen, FNTP (01:36):
We have great referrals and we will tag them on Instagram, social media, and in person, so we will [crosstalk 00:01:40].
Dr. Philip Oubre, MD (01:39):
And hopefully, we'll have them on our podcasts, our video series at some point, too.
Aubree Steen, FNTP (01:45):
Yeah, that'd be nice.
Dr. Philip Oubre, MD (01:46):
So, the first thing we want to do is talk about our oral microbiome.
Aubree Steen, FNTP (01:50):
Dr. Philip Oubre, MD (01:50):
So in functional medicine, especially in our office, we're always talking about the microbiome, the microbiome, the microbiome, but specifically we're referring to the microbiome in the gut, generally speaking.
Dr. Philip Oubre, MD (01:59):
Now, you have a microbiome in your mouth, in your nose, in your eyes, in your ears on your skin, everywhere. And even on your skin, different areas have different microbiomes. Your vagina, your anus, all of it has a different version of microbiome and can do different things based on that being off.
Dr. Philip Oubre, MD (02:14):
Now, what's interesting is as one microbiome gets off, the next one gets off, and all of that, and it's not always the same bacteria, whatnot. So anyway, I don't know specifically what bacteria are bad. One of my patients was telling me just yesterday that they've linked a specific bacteria in your mouth to that heart attack problem, so that's kind of [crosstalk 00:02:32]
Aubree Steen, FNTP (02:31):
Yeah, they actually do.
Aubree Steen, FNTP (02:32):
What's really interesting too, is we, I see a functional or biological dentist, Dr. Nunley Owen and Freeman's, I see Dr. Candace Owens, and when you go there, they scrape the inside of your gums or on your plaque. They put it under a microscope and they show you the exact bacteria and organisms-
Dr. Philip Oubre, MD (02:47):
Aubree Steen, FNTP (02:47):
In there and what they correlate to, and they'd give you level one through four. I left there very panicked about my heart myself, but at the same time, it's really interesting because they have the direct leads of what leads to which disease. And what's really cool is that they can help you identify it, help you eradicate some of it, and then build the oral microbiome as well.
Dr. Philip Oubre, MD (03:04):
So, just like the microbiome in the gut, we use a lot of biocidal to treat the gut. Well, it turns out that people of biocide had also made a toothpaste out of it.
Aubree Steen, FNTP (03:12):
Dr. Philip Oubre, MD (03:12):
So, they took the same biocide and stuff, mixed in some foamy stuff, and now you can brush your teeth with it. It's called Dentocide and it's a toothpaste. We sell it on our store. You're welcome to get it. And the idea is, you're trying to disrupt the biofilms, disrupt the microbiome, disrupt whatever's in your mouth and saying, "Hey, reset it because now I'm eating vegetables and healthy foods and I used to be eating microwave Doritos and whatnot," we just did a video on microwave, which is why that reference.
Dr. Philip Oubre, MD (03:33):
And so fixing the oral microbiome is tip number one, tip number two is, or not necessarily tip, but issue number two in your mouth that causes damage is gingivitis.
Aubree Steen, FNTP (03:43):
Dr. Philip Oubre, MD (03:43):
So, if your gums are bleeding, or they're inflamed, or they're painful when you brush your teeth, or painful when you bite into food or whatnot, if your gum, gingivitis is the gum.
Aubree Steen, FNTP (03:52):
Dr. Philip Oubre, MD (03:53):
The pink step that holds the teeth in place. If those are inflamed, then it's going to lead to earlier disease. That's just chronic inflammation. So the gingiva is usually inflamed because of our tip number one, the oral microbiome. You get the wrong bacteria in there, growing and doing their deal.
Aubree Steen, FNTP (04:09):
Right, and just like the gut microbiome, we look at yeast, fungus, mold, if you've had a mold exposure, it's not just going to go straight to your gut. It goes into your sinus, your mouth, your eyes, your ears, everywhere. And so you have to play in the factor it's not just bacteria in your mouth. So, you do have to modulate that. That is your microbiome.
Dr. Philip Oubre, MD (04:26):
Then one of my favorite is number three-
Aubree Steen, FNTP (04:27):
Dr. Philip Oubre, MD (04:28):
Or not my favorite, is tartar or plaque. So in the mouth, we call this tartar, or plaque on our teeth, whatever you want to call it. But what's fascinating is, conventional medicine loves to say that when we talk about biofilms, that's not a real thing. Like that's a made up functional medicine thing. Tartar on your teeth is a biofilm. You just have the advantage that a dentist can take a little scraper and scrape it off and disrupt the biofilm, and you can take floss and run it between your teeth, and that disrupts the biofilm. But those biofilms are so hard that even with a floss and a toothbrush, you can't scrape it off.
Aubree Steen, FNTP (05:01):
Dr. Philip Oubre, MD (05:01):
That's why you have to go to the dentist every three, six months, and have a metal pick, scrape... I hate that part. Metal pick scrapes across your teeth, and now they use that water thing, so much better.
Aubree Steen, FNTP (05:13):
[crosstalk 00:05:13] they put me under.
Dr. Philip Oubre, MD (05:13):
Dr. Philip Oubre, MD (05:15):
And so they scrape the biofilm off, or scrape the tartar off, and so I love to use that example because that example is exactly what's happening in the gut.
Aubree Steen, FNTP (05:23):
Dr. Philip Oubre, MD (05:23):
You develop yeast, and mold, and bacteria, biofilms in your gut of the wrong thing except we, as functional medicine practitioners, do not have a pick that we can go and scrape out your intestines.
Aubree Steen, FNTP (05:34):
Dr. Philip Oubre, MD (05:34):
Not yet. Coming soon, hopefully.
Dr. Philip Oubre, MD (05:37):
So, biofilms can be extremely difficult to eradicate. So, when we're treating someone's gut and it's taking multiple rounds, multiple months, and they're like, "Why isn't this working?" because that ain't easy. This didn't establish overnight, it's not going to go away overnight.
Dr. Philip Oubre, MD (05:50):
So, make sure you're treating the biofilms, the tartar, did you have something to say on that?
Aubree Steen, FNTP (05:53):
Wait. Yeah, because if you're not, what's happening then is you're trying to change the oral microbiome of having more beneficial bacteria, right? Eradicating the bad. If you have constant plaque, you're not going to be able to keep making those measures, and what's happening is that you're going to have increase inflammation, disease everywhere else in the body, right? I mean, anything. Your... an overactive immune system suppress immune system. I mean, there's a marker that you even check on the Cleveland Heart Lab-
Dr. Philip Oubre, MD (06:15):
Aubree Steen, FNTP (06:16):
The Lp-PLA2 marker, right?
Dr. Philip Oubre, MD (06:17):
Aubree Steen, FNTP (06:18):
You can see these not change. So point proven is, go to the dentist, have them look at it. Biological dentist is preferred, but any dentist, at least for cleaning-
Dr. Philip Oubre, MD (06:25):
The functional medicine of dentistry, they call biological dentist.
Aubree Steen, FNTP (06:29):
Yes, and they take into consideration all of this, of what we're talking about. But at the end of the day, brush your teeth, try to water floss as possible. Good oral hygiene and whatever they suggest is important.
Dr. Philip Oubre, MD (06:40):
And not too much mouthwash. Too much mouthwash, too much destruction of microbiome actually leads to more dysfunctional microbiome, because then you ended up growing really resistant organisms that are so resistant, that even the mouthwash can't kill them, sit can actually irritate the gums.
Dr. Philip Oubre, MD (06:55):
Remember the too clean hygiene is a problem, and it causes eczema and all kinds of stuff on the skin. If you wash your hands too much, you get hand problems. So, same thing with your mouth. If you brush too often, if you use too much mouthwash, you can actually create issues.
Aubree Steen, FNTP (07:08):
Yeah. Please not use Listerine every single day. We will find a better one for you. Okay.
Dr. Philip Oubre, MD (07:13):
Number four is the metal amalgams.
Aubree Steen, FNTP (07:15):
Dr. Philip Oubre, MD (07:15):
So, there are mercury fillings in people's mouths and we could talk for hours about why having mercury in your mouth is bad. Now, the scary part is that yes, mercury in your teeth is bad, but the removal of mercury and putting in composite is actually the most dangerous.
Aubree Steen, FNTP (07:32):
Dr. Philip Oubre, MD (07:32):
So, if you can't see someone who is going to do an appropriate, extraction, that's tough to say, of mercury amalgams from your mouth, it's actually safer to leave it in than to take it out.
Dr. Philip Oubre, MD (07:43):
Now, if you have a chipped filling, that's leaking mercury directly into your bloodstream, which has happened to one of our patients, then that's obviously bad. You need to take it out. But the truth is that when you drill out the mercury, because there's no just like, "Oh, we're just going to scoop it out and take it out." You actually have to drill that stuff, and it vaporizes it. Now, those mercury amalgams have gone from a solid piece of metal to vapors and you're breathing it in, so you're going to absorb a lot of that if you're not careful.
Dr. Philip Oubre, MD (08:09):
So, use a dentist that's protecting himself because if a dentist is not herself, him, herself, or if a dentist is not protecting themselves while they're vaporizing mercury, then they're probably not really looking at how it's going to affect you. I'd be more worried about the dentist because he's going to treat a whole lot more people than you.
Aubree Steen, FNTP (08:25):
Yeah, and be careful when someone says that they do amalgam removals, because anyone can claim that-
Dr. Philip Oubre, MD (08:30):
Or they just do that.
Aubree Steen, FNTP (08:32):
Dr. Philip Oubre, MD (08:33):
They may just not do it safely.
Aubree Steen, FNTP (08:34):
Right, and we're in the Austin area so, we do love people going to Dr. Nunley Owen and Freeman's in Marble Falls. They're the-
Dr. Philip Oubre, MD (08:40):
That is so close.
Aubree Steen, FNTP (08:40):
People fly all over the country to see them.
Dr. Philip Oubre, MD (08:42):
Aubree Steen, FNTP (08:42):
Yeah. So, they are... I was going to say impeccable, but I don't [inaudible 00:08:47] for a second.
Dr. Philip Oubre, MD (08:47):
Sure. I'm sure they're all going to appreciate that.
Aubree Steen, FNTP (08:49):
Aubree Steen, FNTP (08:50):
Okay. So number five, root canals are dangerous. This is huge topic, a controversial topic in the industry, and I will refer to some biological dentists who will talk to you about this, but you have to realize that root canals are dead tissue in the body. And the body does not like having dead tissue, a foreign object, something that is not supposed to be there. And what happens is it can harbor disease, even if it goes away and come back.
Aubree Steen, FNTP (09:14):
I mean, I had an issue recently too, and we've seen this with multiple patients. A root canal harboring infection, leaving, having it be eradicated, but then the body fights against it later. Constant inflammation, constant sinus issues, you name it. So root canals are dangerous, especially if not treated over time, and so talk to your dentist about the best options, but essentially some type of flipper or some type of ceramic kind of implant, something else will be better, but make sure that if you really are still feeling sick, you're not getting better in your health and wellness journey, see if you have any lingering root canals because-
Dr. Philip Oubre, MD (09:47):
That needs to be extracted-
Aubree Steen, FNTP (09:48):
Dr. Philip Oubre, MD (09:48):
Just as a tooth just needs to be pulled out.
Aubree Steen, FNTP (09:49):
Yeah, and every single tooth has a different correlation to the body in different organ systems and the nervous system. So chances are that, that tooth is impeding a process that should be naturally happening and making a little bit harder to function.
Dr. Philip Oubre, MD (10:01):
Dr. Philip Oubre, MD (10:02):
So, that deserves a video, and book, and everything all on its own. So, we'll be coming back to you with more dental topics, but those are the five hot topics we want you to at least be thinking about how, if you were sick or having symptoms, always thinking about how your teeth could be affecting that.
Aubree Steen, FNTP (10:16):
Dr. Philip Oubre, MD (10:17):
So, like our channel, subscribe it, pass it to someone who's having dental issues, or you think is having dental issues.
Aubree Steen, FNTP (10:21):
In a nice way.
Dr. Philip Oubre, MD (10:22):
Yeah, and we'll see you next time.
Aubree Steen, FNTP (10:24):