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A unique exploration of how dental health connects to holistic health, with a 40-day meal plan and long-lasting dietary guidelines that are easily integrable into everyday life
Throughout the years, dental health has often been characterized as a reflection of our overall health, where bad oral health results from issues with other parts of our body. But what if we flipped the paradigm? What if we thought about dental health as the foundation for our physical health as a whole?
Dr. Steven Lin, an experienced dentist and the world’s first dental nutritionist, has analyzed our ancestral traditions, epigenetics, gut health, and the microbiome in order to develop food-based principles for a literal top-down holistic health approach. Merging dental and nutritional science, Dr. Lin lays out the dietary program that can help ensure you won’t need dental fillings or cholesterol medications —and give you the resources to raise kids who develop naturally straight teeth. With our mouth as the gatekeeper of our gut, keeping our oral microbiome balanced will create a healthy body through a healthy mouth.
Dr. Lin arms you with a 40-day meal plan, complete with the Dental Diet food pyramid, exercises for the mouth, recipes, and cooking techniques to help you easily and successfully implement his techniques into your everyday life. The tools to improve overall wellness levels and reverse disease are closer than we think—in our markets, in our pantries, and, most frequently, in our mouths.
About the Author
Dr. Steven Lin is a board-accredited dentist, speaker, and author. Frustrated by the dental profession's limited approach to applying treatments without addressing the cause of disease, Dr. Lin merged anthropological, physiological, and nutritional science with oral health to integrate effective prevention strategies into his dental practice. A passionate health educator, Dr. Lin engages in a wide variety of community and institutional programs to grow awareness of preventative lifestyles. He is the dental expert for I Quit Sugar, the online platform of best-selling author Sarah Wilson. Dr. Lin's speaking and training programs have been delivered all over the world.
"Dental health is almost a forgotten topic when we think about our overall health, but what if the health of our teeth and gums could alert us to problems like diabetes and Alzheimer’s? Dr. Lin makes a powerful case for not only paying more attention to our dental health, but he makes the case that what is healthy for the mouth, is healthy for our whole being."
— Robb Wolf, New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling author of The Paleo Solution and Wired to Eat
"The future of medicine is interconnected in every way. The oral-systemic link is an obvious example of this greater trend, and I am thrilled to see dentists like Dr. Steven Lin leading the way in showing why we must work together to change the trajectory of healthcare worldwide."
— James Maskell, founder of Evolution of Medicine and author of The Evolution of Medicine
"The Dental Diet is an incredible resource. Grounded in new understandings of the critical importance of the oral microbiome to overall health, Dr. Lin leads the way with a unique action-based food plan that is a must-read for anyone wanting to enhance oral health and well-being."
— Mark Burhenne, DDS, author of The 8-Hour Sleep Paradox
"Dr. Lin is a complete breath of fresh air in the Lifestyle Medicine community. I’ve personally learned an enormous amount from his work, and I’m thrilled to see that he is creating a book to make this more available to the public. The dental-body connection is fascinating and completes a missing link for many people worldwide. The Dental Diet is a must for every patient and medical practitioner to read and understand for better overall health."
— Rupy Aujla, M.D., author of The Doctor’s Kitchen
"As an orthodontist that tries to help kids grow up with straight teeth, I know we have to go back to the basics: breathing, posture, sleep, and nutrition. From the moment of the first suckle, what we eat and how we eat it is critical to the final outcome of the face, airway, jaws, and teeth. Dr. Lin’s prescription is just what the doctor should be ordering."
— Barry Raphael, DMD, founder of The Raphael Center for Integrative Orthodontics
"Crooked teeth are a sign of a deeper underlying problem. Dr. Lin’s book provides a much needed look into the profound impact diet has on dental health. It also provides key strategies for parents to ensure their children have a diet that will support optimal dental and whole body health."
— Dr. Michael Ruscio, researcher, health enthusiast, and host of Dr. Ruscio Radio
"Dr. Lin’s revolutionary leadership in nutrition and dentistry connected so many dots during our interview, we are thrilled his important better health recommendations are now widely accessible in The Dental Diet!"
— Ashley Koff R.D. and Robyn O’Brien, co-hosts of Take Out with Ashley & Robyn
"Dr. Lin’s work is timely and addresses an important, upcoming field which few have ventured into thus far. Nutritional epigenetics captures the age-old saying of ‘you are what you eat,’ but he backs up this concept with up-to-date scientific evidence. I strongly recommend this book to students, doctors, dentists, and researchers in nutrition, dietetics, and obesity, as well as other healthcare professionals."
— Professor Dave Singh, DDSC, Ph.D., DMD, president of Vivos BioTechnologies, Inc.
"As an orthodontist, long ago, I saw the limitations of simply straightening teeth to improve a patient’s smile. Over the last few decades, I have witnessed a paradigm shift in the focus of the dental industry through both speaking internationally and training thousands of dentists in the importance of functional airway dentistry. I believe the next step is for the profession to further integrate preventative steps, which is being led by Dr. Lin’s nutrition program to address the malocclusion epidemic."
— Dr. Derek Mahony, specialist orthodontist at Full Face Orthodontics