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What Next Now: From a dental practice in the Sydney suburbs, one budding entrepreneur wants to make the world drink healthier.

 

 

With a focus on women in the workforce, the new podcast What Next Now has launched with its debut episode featuring an in-depth conversation with Sydney dentist-turned-budding drinks magnate Dr Angie Lang.

Hosts Elissa Dowler and Tam Henry spoke to her at length about her origins, her career, and how she’s aiming to shift the dialogue and drinking habits of Australia (and the world) by changing how they approach oral health.

It all began humbly enough in a Cronulla dental practice.

As a dentist who would often be asked by her patients what drinks they should consume to better serve their teeth, Dr Angie’s answers would often boil down to water – and not much else.

“People who were generally looking after their teeth, doing all the right things, having their check-ups, however, they’d still end up with recurrent decay and acid erosion.”

But knowing that simply drinking water wasn’t ever going to be a solution that was going to take hold, she instead started looking into the idea of developing a drink that could do for dental and oral health what Kombucha has been doing for gut health.

The married mother of two sought to develop a drink that provided ‘mouth moisture’ and promoted fresh breath.

Good oral health is of paramount importance, a fact which Angie finds not enough people are aware. It’s her understanding that a great many maladies we suffer can trace their origins back to poor oral health.

“Health really does start in the mouth,” she said. “It wasn’t really understood quite so clearly until recently.”

 

The podcast covers the long, oftentimes difficult journey that Angie and her family had to take in order that her dreams of making this healthy beverage a marketable reality. For Angie, it was a seven-year process, and one filled with many moments of self-doubt.

 

She said that research has linked such conditions as heart attacks, strokes, Alzheimer’s disease, pregnancy issues and gum disease to there being bacteria in the mouth. It’s from these discoveries that led to Angie developing what would become her signature oral health drink, Swirl It.

The podcast covers the long, oftentimes difficult journey that Angie and her family had to take in order that her dreams of making this healthy beverage a marketable reality. For Angie, it was a seven-year process, and one filled with many moments of self-doubt.

“You’re kind of thinking, ‘Maybe I could be on to something; maybe it’s all a dream; maybe I’m just completely off-track…’”

For Angie, it wasn’t until the testing stage and the development of the prototype that she had the opportunity to not think the whole enterprise was a flight of fancy.

The conversation with What Next Now, hosts Elissa and Tam covered a great deal of ground over Angie’s journey, from the challenges faced by being a self-funded project while still being a working mum, how she sought funding in the US, and how she and her husband were taking substantial risks to make this quest come to fruition.

“We just kept backing ourselves,” Angie said. “Sold the dental practice, sold our home…”

It was this level of commitment which attracted the eye – and investment coin – of Angie’s husband’s employer, who funded their ongoing quest to bring Swirl It to life. This led to Angie being invited to a gathering of would-be entrepreneurs and ‘change-makers’ in the British Virgin Islands with Sir Richard Branson, of all people.

From there, Angie found a great deal of inspiration, a great deal of influence, and the strength to carry on through the labyrinth of paperwork, competition and bureaucracy to ensure that her product could be patented; that her intellectual property could be secured, and that all her hard work and ingenuity would not be so readily snatched up by the larger beverage corporations, forever keen to corner the market.

Though she often had her doubts, Angie spoke of how it was mentors and devil’s advocates around her which spurred her on to where she is today, at the helm of an emerging company boasting sixteen beverage products and twenty-one oral care products.

The conversation also covered a lot about how sugary drinks can negatively impact people’s health, and the positive actions people are taking so that we can become more aware of the potential harm to be found in these beverages.

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What Next Now is launching on Monday 12 August. This podcast featuring Dr Angie Lang is the first of six to be released to help listeners forge their career pathway to purpose and wealth. The show is aiming to help people discover what they want to do next so they can live the life they want to live.

Inspiring conversations about purpose, career and wealth, the podcasts are proudly sponsored by DPN, an award-winning, professionally certified financial services and property investment company. DPN also operates Casa Capace, ‘homes to enable’ providing beautiful homes for disables Australians. For more information visit www.dpn.com.au

 


 

 

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