You’ve heard the advice: If you want to live longer, eat healthy foods and exercise daily. But there’s a third piece of the puzzle, and it can add 10 to 15 years to your life.
It’s been right under your nose this whole time—literally.
Your mouth is the gateway to your body and is the most critical organ for improving your health, from childhood onward. Everything in the human life cycle is related to the mouth: fertility, childbirth, sleeping soundly, success in school, finding a mate, getting a job, psychological well-being, avoiding chronic or systemic disease, and aging well. Your mouth is a window into the health of your body as a whole; from its microbiome to its structure, it impacts your physical and mental wellness in countless ways.
Unfortunately, the mouth-body connection has been largely neglected by American medicine . . . until now.
If Your Mouth Could Talk is the result of over 20 years of firsthand experience and research by renowned orthodontist and dentofacial orthopedist, Dr. Kami Hoss. In this groundbreaking work, Dr. Hoss connects the dots between oral health and whole-body health, offering a roadmap to a longer, more successful future for you and your family.
This isn’t a book about brushing and flossing—or any of the other standard advice you get from your dentist. Instead, you’ll hear about how to protect your mouth’s microbiome, the effect of diet, the relationship between oral structure and sleep problems, how to breathe better, and more. This is an in-depth guide for people who want to take control of their health to the fullest extent possible—who want to understand how their mouth contributes to their overall health and quality of life, and what they can do to better care for it.
If your mouth could talk, it would tell you about the condition of your entire life. Time to start listening.
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About the Author
Table of Contents
A Note from the Author xiii
Chapter 1 How Your Life Affects Your Mouth 9
Chapter 2 Pregnancy, Infancy, and Early Childhood 49
Chapter 3 Breathing, Sleep, and Your Mouth 79
Chapter 4 The Power of Your Smile: Psychological and Emotional Health 125
Chapter 5 Oral Health and Physical Disease 139
Conclusion If Your Mouth Could Talk, It Would Say: "Care for Me Like Your Life Depends on It … Because It Does." 183
Calling All Parents! 203
A Note to My Colleagues 205
What People are Saying About This
“If you have a mouth, this book is for you.”
—Paul Krebsbach, DDS, PhD, Dean and professor at UCLA School of Dentistry
“This book was a delightful guide to the importance of integrating oral health with the entire body with a nice focus on sleep medicine . . . Dr. Kami Hoss has expertly written a book so parents can proactively improve the health, happiness, and future of their children.”
—Raj Dasgupta MD, FACP, FCCP, FAASM, associate professor of clinical medicine, pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine
“As someone who promotes health and fitness for a living, I’m blown away by just how little I knew about the depth of the correlation between dental health and overall health before being introduced to If Your Mouth Could Talk . . . I am extremely grateful to have found Dr. Kami Hoss to make sure parents understand the importance of creating whatever fun it takes to prioritize oral health.”
—Devin Alexander, New York Times bestselling author and celebrity chef
“So many of the chronic health conditions that plague Americans today can be explained by what goes on in the mouth . . . Dr. Kami Hoss has assimilated this life changing information into an easy-to-read book that should be taught in every major health care curriculum. Furthermore, it should be required reading for anyone interested in taking control of their own healthcare.”
—Nathan S. Bryan, PhD, author, inventor, and entrepreneur
“As a family medicine physician caring for both kids and adults, and as a parent myself, I found Dr. Hoss’ book informative and necessary . . . This may very well be some of the most important information you will ever learn.”
—Sanaz Majd, MD, family medicine
“The teaching of oral development and dental care is lightly emphasized in medical education. Dr. Hoss has written an easily accessible and thorough treatise which fills this void. Medical professionals and the general public will benefit greatly from reading his wonderful book.”
—Adam Breslow MD, MBA, pediatrician
“Thank you for the wonderful inspiration.”
—Victoria Tate, actress and producer
“Not only does Dr. Kami have and display deep passion for his specialty, but he understands the human body and how his area of expertise fits in with the overall health of the individual.”
—Dr. Rand McClain, D.O., sports, rejuvenative, regenerative (“Anti-Aging”), cosmetic, and family medicine
“I learned so much from reading If Your Mouth Could Talk. It has raised my awareness of the huge impact of oral health on general health. The entertaining prose and excellent explanations made it an absorbing and fun read.”
—Elizabeth L. Yu, MD, pediatric gastroenterologist
“If Your Mouth Could Talk does a phenomenal job of connecting the dots between oral health and whole-body healing, enabling us to better understand the connection between the oral microbiome and how profoundly it impacts our overall health.”
—Jill C. Carnahan, MD, ABIHM, ABoIM, IFMCP
“The most important book you’ll ever read!”
—Felix Solis, actor, director, and producer
“Dr. Kami Hoss has done a masterful job of distilling the science, while giving easy to understand details of why the way you breathe is so important to the sleeping process. I love his 'Tongue Toning exercises' and I am making them part of all of my patients’ rituals for better sleep.”
—Dr. Michael Breus, PhD, ABSM, FAASM, double board-certified clinical psychologist and sleep specialist, and founder of thesleepdoctor.com
“Every child should have parents who read this book!”
—Alicia Coppola, actress
“Dr. Kami Hoss writes a brilliant depiction of the connection between our dental health and our overall health and wellness in If Your Mouth Could Talk. As a therapist, I constantly stress the vital importance of implementing self-care on our daily routine, and it starts with taking care of our bodies and our oral hygiene!”
—Dr. Kim Van Dusen, LMFT, RPT, CEO/owner/founder of The Parentologist
“I am truly astounded by the amount of medical information Dr. Hoss gathered and synthesized in this book. It is well-moored in history and the latest science and so engaging to read, I couldn’t put it down. Dr. Hoss follows the development of oral disease from the beginning of humans on Earth until the 21st century. Everyone—from a lay person to a medical professional—will benefit from If Your Mouth Could Talk.”
—Hamid R. Movahhedian, MD, FAAP, Chief of Neonatology, NICU Medical Director, and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Tricity Medical Center