Barbara’s Book List for Better Oral Health

Barbara Tritz
· August 12, 2018 ·

7 minutes


Books from my Nightstand

I admit to being a bit of a dental geek.  I read dental books.  With the blossoming of the internet and easy access to education I’m in oral wellness overload!  Throw in Amazon and overnight book delivery and all is well in my world.  Information is King (for this Queen of Dental Hygiene).

Books, Books and More Books!

We must be our own best resource to keep ourselves and family healthy.  But, who’s trustworthy and reliable and where do you turn for this info?  Here’s my book reading list from my personal oral wellness/dental health library.  Yes, I have read (or am currently reading) each and everyone of these books so can highly recommend them:


My Favorite Dental Bible Books: 

Mouth Matters: Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body:  How Your Mouth Ages your Body and What YOU Can Do About It.  by Carol Vander Stoep RDH, BSDH

Primal Dentistry: Less Is More by Carol Vander Stoep RDH, BSDH   Her newest book!  It’s excellent!  It should be in every hygienist’s library.

Understanding the Orofacial Complex: The Evolution of Dysfunction by Kristie K. Gatto, MA, CCC-SLP, COM   Great review for dental peeps and OMT’s.

Orofacial Myology by Marvin Hanson, PhD, and Robert Mason, DMD, PhD


Whole Body Wellness: 

Beat the Heart Attack Gene: The Revolutionary Plan to Prevent Heart Disease, Stroke and Diabetes by Amy Doneen ARNP and Brad Bale MD   Family history of CVD or Diabetes? Then this is a must read!

The Chronic Cough Enigma: Acid Reflux, Asthma and Recalcitrant Cough, The Path to A CURE by Jamie Koufman MD   Throat clearing or post nasal drippers?  Burning Mouth an issues? Read this!

Sleep Medicine for Dentists by Gilles Lavigne DMD, ET AL    Dry but informative for dental peeps.

Dirty Genes: A Breakthrough Program to Treat the Root Cause of Illness and Optimize Your Health: by  Ben Lynch ND   Working my way through this and learning lots about how to get down to the mitochondrial cellular level of wellness.



The Oxygen Advantage: The Simple, Scientifically Proven Breathing Techniques for a healthier, Slimmer, Faster, and Fitter You by Patrick McKeown   Athletes, asthmatics and anyone desiring wellness – this is your read.

Close Your Mouth: Buteyko Handbook for Perfect Health by  Patrick McKeown   The short, nuts and bolts handbook reversion of Oxygen Advantage.

Gasp!  Airway Health, the Hidden Path to Wellness by Dr. Michael Gelb and Dr. Howie Hindin   It all starts with a proper airway, learn and see why it matters and what to do to improve your health.


Must Read for Those with TMJ Pain:

The TMJ Healing Plan: Ten Steps to Relieving Persistent Jaw, Neck and Head Pain ( Positive Options for Health) by Cynthia Peterson PT   TMJ pain sufferers, this is your bible!

Sleep/Airway/Sleep Disordered Breathing: 

Relief from Snoring and Sleep Apnea: A Step by Step Guide to Restful Sleep and Better Health Through Changing the way you Breathe by Tess Graham   Get your ZZZZzzzzz’s, so important.

Six Foot Tiger, Three Foot Cage: Take Charge of Your Health by Taking Charge of Your Mouth.  Holistic Mouth Solutions for Sleep Apnea, Deficient Jaws and Related Complications by  Felix Liao DDS   Bet you have that tiger in your mouth, choking you at night.

Sleep, Interrupted: A Physician Reveals the #1 REASON Why So Many of Us are Sick and Tired by Steven Y. Park, MD   Sleep is so undervalued but so very, very important to total wellness.


Tongue Ties:

Tongue Tied: How a Tiny String Under the Tongue Impacts Nursing, Speech, Feeding and More by  Richard Baxter DMD, ET AL  (Tongue tie is not just a figure of speech, it’s a real problem for so many people.)

Tongue Tie: From Confusion to Clarity by Carmen Fernando (Wondering what tongue ties look like, she has great pictures.)

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Six Foot Tiger, Three Foot Cage: Take Charge of Your Health by Taking Charge of Your Mouth.  Holistic Mouth Solutions for Sleep Apnea, Deficient Jaws and Related Complications by  Felix Liao DDS   Hearing a mighty roar from the mighty tongue

Early Sirens: Critical Health Warnings and Holistic Mouth Solutions for Snoring, Teeth Grinding, Jaw Clicking Chronic Pain, Fatigue and More.  by Felix Liao DDS    Knowing what to look for and what to do once you have the facts. Dr. Liao is a master at connecting the dots.

Tongue Tie Morphogenesis, Impact, Assessment and Treatment by Allison Hazelbaker  PhD, CST, RCST   What’s a tongue tie and why it matters to baby.


Nutrition and it’s Connection to Impaired Mouth Syndrome:

Dirty Genes: A Breakthrough Program to Treat the Root Cause of Illness and Optimize Your Health by  Ben Lynch ND   Worth repeating down here.

Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Weston Price DDS   The original tome on why good nutrition matters.

The Dental Diet:  The Surprising Link between Your Teeth, Real Food, and Life Changing Natural Heath by Dr.  Steven Lin   Eat and be well. Food is medicine.

Crazy Good Living: Healthy Gums, Healthy Gut,  Healthy Life.  Feeding your body from cradle to grave by Dr. Al Danenberg   Eat more healthy and be weller.

Pottinger’s Cats: A Study in Nutrition by Francis M. Pottinger Jr. MD   Short but interesting cause and effect on why good food really matters, really!

The Calcium Lie II: What You Doctor Still Doesn’t Know by Robert Thompson MD, and Kathleen Barnes   So much of what we think is true, is not.  Beat Osteoporosis and periodontal bone loss by changing your vitamins and minerals.  Stop with calcium supplements, it hardens your arteries.  Learn what to do for your bone health.

Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox: How a Little Known Vitamin Could Save Your Life by Kate  Rheaume-Bleue B.Sc. ND  Got tartar build up? Probably short of K2



Infection at the Root Tip, Infection in the Body


The Toxic Tooth: How a Root Canal Could be Making You Sick by Robert Kulacz DDS and JD Levy MD  This subject needs an entire post just to explore this topic. Meanwhile, learn about biological dentistry!

Hidden Epidemic: Silent Oral Infections Cause Most Heart Attacks and Breast Cancer by JD Levy MD   Same as above

Mirror of the Body: Your Mouth Reflects the Health of Your Whole Body by James Rota DDS   Mercury, root canals and improperly done extractions leave pathogens behind, lurking in your jaws and then your body.


Gum Disease: 

The Dental Diet by Dr.  Steven Lin  See above

Crazy Good Living: Healthy Gums, Healthy Gut,  Healthy LifeFeeding your body from cradle to grave by Dr. Al Danenberg    See above;)

The Silent Saboteurs: Unmasking our Own Oral Spirochetes as the Key to Saving Trillions in Health Care Costs by William D Nordquist DMD, MS and David J. Krutchkoff DMD MS  This is why I always use a phase contrast microscope on each and every patient.  What’s going on under the gumline?  Only way to find out is to test.



Nobody Every Told Me (or My Mother) That!  Everything from Bottles and Breathing to Healthy Speech Development by Diane Bahr, MS, CCC-SLP

Wish I’d had this 27 years ago, I think it’s right up there with What to Expect When You’re Expecting, and has way more information on how to grow a healthy child.

Baby Led-Weaning: The Essential Guide to Introducing Solid Foods and Helping your Baby to Grow Up a Happy and Confident Eater by Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett   Mushy baby food be gone!  Baby needs to chew real food and get all the benefits from that!

Why Raise Ugly Kids? by Hal Huggins DDS   “nuf said!”

Tucker The Tongue Finds his Spot: An Introduction to Tongue Placement Therapy by Joy Moeller RDH, COM and Samantha Weaver   Children will love this colorful picture book and enchanting story.  AND, they will learn about proper tongue placement!

Helping the Thumb-Sucking Child by Rosemarie A. Van Norman   Thumb sucking and pacifiers are destructive to the child’s facial development.  They will not outgrow the damage they does.  Stop those habits as soon as you can!

How To Stop Drooling:  Practical Solutions for Home and Therapy by Pam Marshalla SLP  Learning/relearning how to swallow is vital to anyone’s self esteem.

Jaw: The Story of a Hidden Epidemic by  Sandra Kahn and Paul R. Ehrlich  I just ordered this one but have heard it is excellent.

Inspirational Book: 

You are Badass: How to Stop Doubting your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Shapiro    Oh YES!



There you have it my friends, books straight from my nightstand!  The mouth health is vital to  total body wellness.  Disease or wellness all really start with the mouth and airway.  It’s your choice.  Oxygen is the key to our survival and  growing a healthy beautiful face and jaw starts with infants.  Learn, read, and grow!  Books, and of course the internet are your best resource!

Til Next Time,

Barbara Tritz RDH,  BS, OMT

Specialist in Reading Lots of Books

P.S. Lest you think all I do is read dental stuff,  know I’m in book seven in the Outlander Series.

P.S.S. More coming on “Impaired Mouth Syndrome” soon! It really is a thing 😉

Hello, I'm Barbara Tritz

Unveiling the Stories Behind Dental Hygiene

Loving science, especially biology, from an early age, Barbara is a registered dental hygienist, certified biological hygienist, and orofacial myofunctional therapist. In 2019, she received the Hu-Friedy/ADHA Master Clinician Award from the American Dental Hygienist Association.

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