Ep. 26 Mouth-Watering Dentistry

In This Episode

Neal speaks with Dr. Claudia Patch to explore why dental hygiene is among the most important parts of overall health.

Dr. Patch explains how sugar leads directly to tooth decay, and which tooth care habits are most important to maintain at a bare minimum.

Neal and Claudia also explore the effect of acid on teeth, the safest way to whiten teeth, how to prevent periodontal disease, and everyone’s favorite conspiracy – the truth about fluoride. (Spoiler alert: it’s good for you, no matter what Alex Jones says).

Topics Discussed

  • The truth about fluoride
  • The effect of losing teeth on overall health
  • Sugar, carbs, and decay
  • What saliva does
  • The most important tooth care habits
  • Xylitol
  • Acid erosion
  • Strengthening teeth
  • The danger of charcoal toothpaste
  • Bleaching
  • Mercury in amalgam fillings
  • Calcium
  • Foaming agents in toothpaste
  • Periodontal disease
  • Toothbrush recommendations 

All About Claudia Patch

Dr. Claudia Patch graduated Summa Cum Laude from Union College in Schenectady, NY in 2004, receiving many awards and appearing on the Dean’s List every semester.

In 2009, Claudia earned her Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry degree from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, once again receiving multiple awards including the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry Merit Award in 2009.

Together with Michael Tischler, Claudia is part of the Prettau® Implant bridge team, performing the restorative aspects of the protocol for Teeth Tomorrow® Hudson Valley.

Dr. Patch is certified by NYS to deliver conscious sedation dentistry through Oral Sedation. This allows people that are fearful about dentistry to have procedures done while relaxed.

In 2012 Claudia was included in the list of the Top 25 Women in dentistry in Dental Products Report, one of the most widely read publications in the dental field.

This list of 25 women that have shaped the dental field included only 7 dentists and is a testament to Claudia’s national stature.

Dr. Neal Smoller, Holistic Pharmacist

About Neal Smoller

Dr. Neal Smoller, PharmD, is a licensed pharmacist: and owner of Village Apothecary, an independent pharmacy in the most famous small town in America—Woodstock, NY. He’s also the host of the popular wellness podcast, The Big Mouth Pharmacist.”


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