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Jan 4, 2024

Welcome to The Holistic Dentistry Show’s first episode of 2024! Dr. Sanda is taking the reins today as she shares her findings about candida, the bacterial overgrowth that results in a white tongue — and needing a full-body detox! Following the holiday celebrations (and sugar indulgences too), this is a timely conversation. With Dr. Sanda taking charge, join us as we decode the symptoms, signs, and solutions for a white-coated tongue!

After a big celebration, your mouth can feel sticky. Even worse, when you stick your tongue out, it’s coated… and white! What does it mean? Dr. Sanda brings us up close and personal to our first sign that the digestive system is overworked and imbalanced. Dr. Sanda steers us into what happens in response to overconsumption of sugar. She defines candida as a yeast overgrowth in the mouth that affects the rest of the body, too! But don’t worry, Dr. Sanda has the solution sitting in the palm of her hand: an oral and gut detoxification.   

Dr. Sanda lets us in on a secret: there are 10 times more bacteria in the body than there are human cells. Wow! As we turn the page on this incredible exploration, Dr. Sanda explains that a coated tongue with patches or hair-like structures is a sign of inflammation. Plus, the primary causes include increased sugar, poor hygiene, smoking, dehydration, or denture wear. Fortunately, Dr. Sanda has multiple solutions to help the mouth (and gut) along the way. Her recommendations include an OralDNA Candida test, a tongue scraper, quality essential oils, and a fiber-rich, low-sugar diet. Oh, and don’t forget Dr. Sanda’s favorites: Ozone and a chewable probiotic! 

It’s important to pay attention to the tongue — and head to a dentist when needed. That way, your mouth and body are as healthy as possible! As we flip to the final chapter of this investigation, Dr. Sanda has a challenge for YOU: Can you implement a zero-sugar diet for the rest of January? You will be utterly surprised by the results, and your body’s response!  

This episode isn't just about oral and gut health; it’s about how the microbial world can provide knowledge to bring us closer to whole-body wellness.

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Key Takeaways:
(0:29) Happy New Year and welcome back to The Holistic Dentistry Podcast!

(1:27) What does a coated white tongue mean?

(5:03) The microbial world on the tongue 

(6:48) Causes of candida on the tongue 

(8:39) How to diagnose and treat a white tongue 

(10:39) Treating candida from an oral and systemic aspect

(11:31) Why mouthwash won’t treat a white tongue 

(12:17) Use a tongue scraper for candida

(13:35) Green tea as an antifungal 

(15:05) Essential oils to use on a white tongue 

(15:50) The antibacterial benefits of Tulsi

(17:11) Why a fiber-rich, low-sugar diet is good for candida 

(18:55) Tips for integrating ozone and probiotics into your routine

(21:59) A step system to detoxify the mouth


Check out the Orsana WaterJET with Tongue Scraper

The International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology 

NIDCR study: A Microbial World on the Top of Your Tongue 

OralDNA OraRisk Candida Test

Grab Dr. Sanda’s book, Heal Up

Shop Orsana Vegan Chewable Probiotics 

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