THE MORNING SHOW
Carol Vander Stoep, RDH, BSDH
Author of Mouth Matters
May 10, 2012
“Root canals are gum disease on steroids”-Carol Vander Stoep
Offering simple answers like brushing, flossing, and visiting a dental professional twice yearly plays into the Western tradition of treating disease symptoms, not their root causes. Cavities and gum disease are symptoms of imbalances within the body.
We will never cure disease until we change our Western mind set and think of healing from the inside out. What prematurely ages us is not bad germs, bad genes, or bad luck. It is not taking care of ourselves – not eating right, not moving enough, and perhaps cloudy thinking.(Mouth Matters)
Carol Vander Stoep joined us live in the studio this morning to offer some pretty eye opening information on mouth matters. We’ve done a lot of shows on dental health and we’ll file this one right up there at the top. Enjoy the show!
Carol Vander Stoep brings a combination of experience, concern and passion to this book. Over her thirty-year career in dental hygiene she has looked into the mouths of thousands of people and observed the startling range of what can result from poor lifestyle choices and the neglect of oral care.
She has observed that problems are not confined to the poor or uneducated – behind those winning smiles of the rich and famous can lie inflamed sores and degenerative bone disease. Too few realize the consequences of neglect go beyond teeth and gums, sweet breath or winning smiles; the mouth is the most exposed gateway into our bodies and what goes on within it or passes through it has profound implications elsewhere in our bodies, undermining overall health.
While acquiring extensive clinical experience, Carol came to realize that the place of oral hygiene within dentistry and the place of dentistry within preventive medicine hinders public and professional awareness of the role oral care should play in our daily lives and how medical providers approach patient care. A BS degree from Baylor University provided the foundation of knowledge, enhanced by extensive research and study with leaders in a wide variety of fields in the professional medical community. Applying the science in her clinical practice helps refine simple techniques that work for her clients and help her hone her verbal motivational skills.
As Carol’s concerns grew, her awareness of the system and respect for the importance of professional discipline convinced her to carry her message beyond the confines of her place in a dental office. That realization led her to bring together the perspectives, the stories, and the knowledge she has acquired to prepare this book.
Carol is a Director of the Academy of Minimally Invasive Biomimetic Dentistry (AMIBD) and a founding member of The American Academy of Oral Systemic Medicine (AAOSH). She finds time to kayak and travel while continuing her professional work as a hygienist and speaker to professional audiences and the general public.
carol vander stoep, mouth mattters, may 10, 2012