The Easiest Way to Boost Your Health
What if I told you that you could cut your risk of heart trouble by as much as 70%… without exercise, diet or pills?
How about if I added lowering your blood pressure, cutting your risk of respiratory problems, lowering your risk of certain types of abnormal cell growth, reducing the chances you’ll have joint trouble and possibly improve prostate health?
And what if I told you could do it in less than five minutes a day? And that it would cost you almost nothing more per day than you’re spending now?
Does this sound a little crazy? Well, it’s true. It’s incredibly easy. And when I tell you what it is, you may not believe anything so simple could do so much for your health.
Boost Heart Health Up to 70%
In a study of 4,830 adults from an 8-year Scottish Health Survey, the researchers found a clear link between serious heart problems and one simple health habit. Neglecting this 5-minute habit cranked up the risk of heart trouble by an amazing 70%. And people who didn’t follow the habit had much higher levels of C-reactive protein – a known marker of heart problems.1
The habit was brushing their teeth.
That’s right. Folks who didn’t brush were 70% more likely to experience heart problems than folks who brushed daily. And people who brushed only once a day had a 30% higher chance of heart trouble than those who brushed twice daily.
This link isn’t quite as crazy as it may sound. I remembered seeing a couple of other studies on dental health and overall well-being. So I did a little digging. It turns out the bacteria linked to periodontal (tooth and gum) problems crops up in all sorts of health issues.
Brush Your Troubles Away
Your mouth is the gateway to your body. So it probably won’t surprise you to learn that bacteria from your mouth can lead to respiratory problems.2
When you inhale, tiny amounts of saliva – and the bacteria it can carry – sometimes get into your airways. For people who don’t take care of their teeth, this is a problem. Because their mouths are a breeding ground for nasty bacteria.
If you don’t keep your mouth clean – and that bacteria takes hold in your airways – it will breed… and you’ll wind up sick.
But respiratory trouble is just one problem regular brushing may solve.
An international study in the Journal of Hypertension found a clear link between poor dental health and high blood pressure. In this study, high levels of common oral bacteria tripled people’s chances of high blood pressure.3
The List Goes On…
Several studies link poor dental health to certain painful joint problems.4 none have proven cause-and-effect yet, but the connection is clear. Folks with one of these problems are much more likely than average to have the other one, too.
A small study even found that men with poor dental health also have much higher levels of prostate specific antigens (PSA) – a red flag prostate trouble. These men had higher levels of C-reactive protein, too.5
And a large review of studies – called a meta-analysis – found an 14% overall higher risk of abnormal cell growth for men with poor oral health.6
It almost seems too good to be true. But an awful lot of health problems seem to be linked to how well we care for our teeth and gums.
Brushing twice a day takes less than five minutes. And with all the potential health benefits, it just may be the easiest way in the world to boost your overall health.
Dr. Kenneth Woliner, MD
Best Life Herbals
1 de Olivera C. Toothbrushing, inflammation, and risk of cardiovascular disease: results from Scottish Health Survey. BMJ 2010;340:c2451.
2 Deo V, et al. Periodontitis as a potential risk factor for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a retrospective study. Indian J Dent Res. 2009 Oct-Dec;20(4):466-70.
3 Desvarieux M, et al. Periodontal bacteria and hypertension: the oral infections and vascular disease epidemiology study (INVEST). Journal of Hypertension: HJH.0b013e328338cd36.
4 Ishi Ede P, et al. Periodontal condition in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Braz Oral Res. 2008 Jan-Mar;22(1):72-7.
5 N. Joshi, et al. Association Between Periodontal Disease and Prostate Specific Antigen Levels in Chronic Prostatitis Patients. Journal of Periodontology: doi:10.1902/jop.2010.090646. Posted online on February 10, 2010.
6 Michaud DS, et al. Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study. Lancet Oncol. 2008 Jun;9(6):550-8. Epub 2008 May 5.