• "Harmful bacteria in the mouth and body thrive on some of our favorite treats."

    - Dr. Martha Rich

WHAT’S EATING YOU?

For Medical & Dental Professionals, Kids & Teens, and the General Public

Food is essential to everyone’s health, but sometimes what we choose to eat actually ends up eating us. Refined carbohydrates, sugar, and highly acidic foods create an environment where pathogenic bacteria may thrive, causing hard and soft tissue degeneration in the mouth as well as contributing to many other whole-body health concerns.

In this entertaining and informative lecture, Dr. Rich explains how different kinds of bacteria in the body can help or hurt our overall health. Suggestions for healthier alternatives to some popular drinks and snack foods are covered, as well as ideas for limiting damage from pathogenic bacteria during the occasional consumption of your favorite treats.

Presentation Formats:

Keynote Length:        30 to 90 minutes

Audience Takeaways:

Medical & Dental Professionals:

    • Food and food additives that promote bacterial growth in the mouth
    • How chronic illness and long-term medications can leave the mouth more susceptible to pathogenic conditions related to diet
    • Why pH matters in the mouth, simple ways to test saliva pH, and how to address pH concerns with diet
    • How tooth loss contributes to the degeneration of whole-body health over time

Kids, Teens, and College Students:

    • Popular snack and beverage choices within each age group that relate directly to uncontrolled decay and tooth loss when consumed regularly
    • How to read food labels and what to look for when choosing a snack or beverage
    • Healthier substitutions for your favorite snack foods and beverage
    • Why brushing and flossing matters, how to do it correctly, and what to do when you can’t
    • How tobacco use affects oral health short-term and long-term
    • Lifespan of an average filling and why every cavity sets you up for lifetime maintenance

General Public:

    • Hidden ingredients in common foods that can cause serious damage
    • Specific chronic conditions and medications that can make a body more vulnerable to pathogenic conditions related to diet
    • How to brush and floss correctly, and what to do when you can’t
    • Why keeping your teeth and mouth healthy for a lifetime can increase your overall health and possibly add years to your life
    • How tobacco use affects oral health short-term and long-term
    • Lifespan of an average filling and why every cavity sets you up for lifetime maintenance