They say your eyes are the window to your soul.
But you may want to take a closer look at your teeth for a glimpse of your future health.
That’s because plaque buildup not only creates an ugly smile, cavities and bad breath – it’s also known to increase your risk of heart disease, dementia and rheumatoid arthritis.
And now, according to Swedish researchers, a significantly higher risk of dying young from cancer.
On your mark… get set… brush!
The American Dental Association recommends thoroughly brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing daily to prevent harmful plaque buildup.
But sometimes that’s not enough – or years of plaque have already created cavities, gum disease or worse in your mouth.
If so, you need to get serious about taking care of your teeth now. And if you’re not a fan of the dentist chair I have good news for you.
“You can minimize your tooth decay, prevent it entirely, and even heal tooth decay once a cavity has formed,” says Ramiel Nagel, author of Cure Tooth Decay: Heal and Prevent Cavities with Nutrition.
I highly recommend his book for those looking for a natural solution for cavities and gum disease.
But if keeping a good smile isn’t reason enough to brush, floss and take other steps to keep your teeth and gums disease free… maybe keeping your life will.
Save Your Smile… Save Your Life?
Remember that new study I mentioned out of Sweden? Researchers there followed 1,390 randomly selected, healthy young Swedes from 1985 through 2009.
At the beginning of the study, every participant underwent a thorough dental examination. Then they were tracked for the next 24 years with periodic examinations.
Now for the shocking news: researchers discovered after accounting for increased risk from smoking, education, income and even number of dental visits, those who had a higher dental plaque index were 79% more likely to die prematurely.
Of those who died during the study, 60% died from cancer. Men died an average of 8.6 years earlier than life expectancy while women died 13.1 years earlier.
In an interview with Daily Health News, the study’s lead author, Dr. Birgitta Söder, said, “for some people, plaque on teeth triggers a systemic inflammatory response from the immune system, and inflammation is a key feature of many chronic diseases, including cancer.”
“It’s possible that people with lots of plaque weren’t able to recover from cancer because the plaque might have led to continuing high levels of systemic inflammation,” she further explained.
A Reason to Smile
While it’s sad some of the study participants died prematurely, there’s a silver lining here for you: It’s not too late for you to do something about systemic inflammation that, as Dr. SÃ¶der suggested, may put a premature end to your life.
First of all, take good care of your teeth to prevent plaque buildup.
And second, help your body fight systemic inflammation by giving it all-natural proteolytic enzymes.
Proteolytic enzymes are your body’s completely safe, natural answer to systemic inflammation. They work to turn off runaway inflammation once healing has run its course… break down and carry away artery-clogging fibrin… help clean out toxins from your blood… and much more.
Until around age 27, your body makes proteolytic enzymes in abundance. But after that, production falls off a cliff.
That’s why you need to take an all-natural proteolytic enzyme supplement. And our Heal-n-Soothe® not only has the strongest and highest potency proteolytic enzyme formulation on the market – it also includes eleven more of nature’s best natural anti-inflammatories, all in one supplement.
So brush, floss, and take a daily dose of Heal-n-Soothe® to help fight dangerous systemic inflammation.
Protect Yourself from Systemic Inflammation!
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Nazario B. Dangers of Plaque & Gingivitis to Your Health. WebMD. 2011 Mar 30.
Nagel R. Cure Tooth Decay: Heal and Prevent Cavities with Nutrition. 2010.
Written By: Updated: September 10,2012