The Untethered Podcast


Episode 206: Risewell & The Oral Microbiome with Dr. Derek Gatta

Meet Dr. Derek Gatta, Board Certified Prosthodontist and Co-Founder of Risewell.  Dr Gatta shares his journey of seeking out healthier ways to provide dental care and co-creating a line of products that reduce exposure to fluoride while improving oral health. Topics discussed include tooth anatomy, the impact of NASA’s research on his practice, Risewell's ingredient hydroxyapatite and its role in optimizing oral health, the oral microbiome, mouth breathing vs. nasal breathing (Spoiler alert: mouth breathing is harmful to your health! Nasal breathing is the goal!) and so much more.  There is a lot of knowledge packed into this episode!

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