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[TOOTH Summit] Dr. Victor Zeines on Nutrition and Tongue Diagnosis for Optimal Oral Health

As a dismayed tooth repairman turned private psychotherapist, Dr. Victor Zeines discovered that when you change your diet, you change your mood. “Very interesting!” he pondered, “I wonder what else food can do?”

In perfect synchronicity, the universe dropped clues along his path to whole-body health; he heard Dr. Hal Huggins speak on mercury toxicity, and then he stumbled upon two key books: Diet and Disease by Dr. Emanuel Cheraskin andNutrition and Physical Degeneration by Weston Price. Reinvigorated by tooth-truth, Dr. Zeines returned to dental practice armed with vitamins, and his clients — and their teeth — thrived.

Opened to a whole new world of healing, Dr. Victor Zeines went on to earn a master’s degree in nutrition and became a student of acupuncture, chiropractic care and kinesiology. He incorporates herbs and homeopathy into his dental practice. His offices have been mercury free for over twenty-five years.

He is passionate and enlightens people about natural techniques that create healthy oral ecology. He is the author of Healthy Mouth Healthy Body, Living a Longer Life Naturally and the book Your Tongue Never Lies. He is also a contributing writer for Rodale’s The Herbal Drug Store and one of the contributors of the film Food Matters.

Dr. Zeines hosts the Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body show on New York Talk Radio. He is a member of the advisory board of the holisticoption.com, and his offices have been mercury free for over 25 years with locations in Manhattan and Woodstock. His website can be found at www.natdent.com.


“Your tongue is the only internal organ you can see, if your tongue is white it means you’re toxic, different coloured tongues can mean different problems, just as cracked or scalloped edges where a pale tongue accompanied with low energy can mean there are problem with adrenals. The thicker the coating on your tongue, the more chronic the condition.”
“Use your toothbrush to fight cancer, you simply can’t leave oral health out of your overall health equation”. Periodontal disease increase you chance of cancer and heart disease.”

“People are generally good at brushing their teeth, yet they are often told by their dental hygienist’s that they have plaque and have to brush more. The plaque that develops on your teeth is not caused by not brushing it’s caused by you being too acidic.”

“Eight out of ten people have some form of gum disease and don’t know it, because you can have it without bleeding gums or pain.”

“Receding gums are a result of bone lose. The bacteria living in gum pockets spew out toxins that reduce the bone, as well as getting into your system and causing the liver to make  C-reactive proteins in response of inflammation. These higher C-reactive levels are a major indicator for heart disease. More gum disease, more C-reactive protein levels.”

“If you watch TV you’ll notice 40% of all the advertising is about either drugs and oral health. This is designed to keep our attention on what “product” we need to “buy” to  keep us healthy, this keeps the ‘profits’ of the drug companies healthy, definitely not our health”.

“Use any toothpaste as long as it doesn’t have a warning on it. Companies sweeten their toothpaste to make it appealing to our children so they will eat it!!!”.

“What’s going on in your mouth, is symptomatic of what’s going on in your body. Gum disease is the first stage of nutritional deficiencies  and this is the way it’s showing up.”

“Cavitation’s are an unhealed socket left in the jaw after a tooth has been extracted and the gum has healed over leaving a festering mess. These are the monster in the cellar, and can affect your entire system, we treat them with Ozone therapy with good results”.  

“Follow the Western Price diet for dental health”.

Comments ( 11 )
  • Cindy says:

    The last Quotable should read “Westin A. Price.” (You may need to turn off automatic spelling “correction.” It does stuff like that.)

  • Arliss says:

    Thank you for this presentation.
    What causes bone in the bottom of the mouth (below the teeth) to grow way out toward the middle of the mouth? It’s almost like a double or triple gumline inside the one that has teeth.
    It’s dramaticly growing, and when I asked the dental hygienist she confirmed it sometimes happens such that it could be surgically removed. I’m in my 60s and have been noticing it for some time now, especially since I already have a large tongue and now there is even less space for it in there. Is there something that I’m doing or not doing that contributes to this extra boney growth?

  • Edna says:

    My dentist told me my receding gums was caused by using hard toothbrush and brushing to hard.

    • victor zeines says:

      Its not that your gums are receding but that you are losing bone. Gums just follow the bone levels. So why are you brushing so hard??? If you do not have periodontal disease then you are causing bone loss by pressure you are applying. Ease up on the brushing…..be gentle not so hard!!! you might try to increase your mineral intake fresh fruits and vegies to strengthen you bone

  • Cindy says:

    Thank you so very much for such wise and common sense information. I intend to read the books mentioned and follow better dietary and dental health practices– even though I thought I already was doing a good job. Now I know I can do better.
    And I am so glad brave souls are helping to turn the tide toward better health in our western culture. Thanks again!

  • jckie says:

    Interesting interview; wish his office was close to me so he could analyze my tongue!
    It may be picky, but the moderator’s laughs during the interview were annoying.

  • Ida says:

    Hi Tera, can you suggest me a ho!istic dentist in my area, I lived in Niagara region. My tongue is white and I have mercury fillings in my mouth. Thanks for your help, your interview are amazing.

  • Bryan Milne says:


    I’d like to know more about how to possibly eliminate decay and remineralize an already decaying molar tooth.

    I’ve been doing a lot of research and finding all kinds of possibly (or not) helpful advice from sea salt, to neem sticks, to spilanthes, to cloves to plantain poultices, baking soda and apple cider vinegar, powdered egg shells, zeolites, bentonite clay, diatomaceous earth, essential oils, nutritional supplements, sun bathing, fat soluble vitamins, bone broth, cod liver oil, alkalizing the diet, coconut oil pulling, brushing techniques, monitoring clinical blood work, oral probiotic innoculation, gut/digestive healing, ozonated water, ozonated olive oil, ozone therapy, lasers, etc…

    Should all of these be implemented to save a decaying tooth?

    At what point should one make the very difficult decision that extraction is the best option?
    Should one ever consider a temporary root canal?

    If extraction is necessary, what is the next step after extraction?

    What if one already has a root canaled tooth?

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