The majority of people are not aware of the direct connection between mental health and oral health.  The health of your teeth and gums can tell you a lot about the health of your brain, heart, and lungs.  The Queen Of Dental Hygiene, Barbara Tritz joins me today to talk about this important connection.

Barbara K. Tritz RDH, BS, MSB, HIAOMT is a practicing biological dental hygienist in the office of Green City Dental in Edmonds, Washington.

She is also the owner of Washington Oral Wellness in Kirkland, WA where she practices orofacial myofunctional therapy.  She completed her accreditation in Biological Dental Hygiene through the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, and is laser certified through the Academy of Laser Dentistry.

Barbara's passion for all things dental spilled over to creating a blog and then a website: Queen of Dental 

Barbara loves to share her knowledge and help others find their total body health.  She lectures everywhere from local school health classes to professional continuing education courses. In 2019 Barbara received the HuFriedy-ADHA Master Clinician Award at the annual ADHA Conference in Louisville, KY. 

 She loves the warm weather and has found her happy place stand-up paddle boarding on any glorious day in the great Pacific Northwest. 

In this episode Barbara covers:

  • The importance of oral hygiene and its connection to mental health.

  • Why breathing through your nose will lead to a better looking face.

  • Important foods and supplements for better oral facial development.

  • What to feed babies and young children for better oral facial development. 

  • Should you tape your mouth at night? 

  • How Nitric Oxide can help us fight viruses and bacteria.

  • Plus so much more!!


When you learn how to properly take care of your mouth, you'll experience better physical and mental health.

Learn more about Barbara by visiting her website and be sure to read all the amazing information on her blog.   Her Holistic Dental Maintenance interview is also full of great information.  

To learn more about the impact of oral health on sleep, check out this article

 Check out the book "Dental Diet" by Dr. Steven Lin here

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