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Zoë chats with James Goolnik about dental health

James Goolnik is a dentist with a Master’s degree in Conservative dentistry. James was previously President of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is a judge for both the Dental Industry Awards and the Private Dentistry Awards and he lectures internationally on the mouth body connection. He is chairman of the British Dental Bleaching Society. A member of The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. Twice listed in Private Dentistry’s poll of the top 20 Elite Dentists in the UK, James has also been voted the most influential person in dentistry in the UK in 2011 and 2012 by the trade magazine, Dentistry.

His first book ‘Brush’ about marketing in Dentistry with all the profits going to the charity, Dentaid. His second book was a cookbook called ‘Kick Sugar’ helping people to reduce the sugar in their diets.

James is also the Founder of the Bow Lane Dental Group in London. Having worked in the same practice for over 21 years, he has witnessed first-hand how sugar damages teeth on a daily basis.

He is studying a nutrition diploma with the Institute of Optimal Nutrition.

He is married with three children. His mission is to help the UK get healthier starting with their mouths.


Show notes
I met James at a Public Health Collaboration conference in 2019. This is the first time I’ve interviewed a dentist and boy did we pack everything in. In this ‘everything about teeth’ hour we cover…
- Why a dentist would write a recipe book.
- Are bleeding gums OK? What’s saliva testing?
- How does the dentist know you haven’t got oral cancer when you go for your check up? What else can the mouth tell your dentist?
- When it’s obvious that diet is an issue, how do you start the conversation with patients and how is it received?
- What’s mouth breathing? Why is it bad and what happens when you wear a mask?
- Do James’s children ever have junk?
- Oral hygiene – how, why and when to tongue brush, as well as teeth brush. Toothpaste? Mouthwash? Chewing gum? Xylitol? What’s good and what’s bad?
- Fluoride. Vitamin D3 and K2 and what vitamin C can help with.
- Where are you on fruit? What are fizzy drinks doing? Energy drinks especially?
- How can we stop children growing up thinking junk is a reward? What’s an alternative to sweet rewards?
- Is vaping impacting oral health? If so, how? Where candida fits in.
- Teeth whitening – good? Bad? How to do it?
- Who has contacted James to explore the 3 out of 36 oral issues related to Alzheimer’s Disease?
- Mercury fillings – to remove or not to remove and how and by whom if so.
- The best and worst thing about being a dentist.

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