Oral Health and Your Heart

March 24th, 2011 by Tonya Zavasta

PeriodontitisA healthy smile does the heart good…literally! Did you know that the state of your dental health can greatly impact your physical health?

Link Between Periodontal and Heart Diseases

Numerous studies have shown a real relationship between periodontal disease and risks for cardiovascular and other diseases. One recent study conducted by researchers at London’s University College determined that people who brushed their teeth infrequently had a whopping 70% higher risk of developing heart disease. This is due, in part, to oral bacteria resulting from chronic gum infection leaching into the bloodstream and attaching to fatty plaque in the arteries.

Poor Oral Hygiene and Inflammation

Moreover, people with poor oral hygiene tested positive for inflammatory markers in the blood, particularly C-reactive protein. Elevated level of serum C-reactive protein (CRP) is a systemic marker of inflammation and a well documented risk factor for heart disease, even in otherwise healthy people. Researchers have known that a connection exists for some time, but were unclear as to the exact cause.

Reverse Works Too-Lose Weight For Healthy Gums

The Journal of Periodontology published a study reporting that oral bacterial byproducts entering the bloodstream trigger the liver to produce proteins such as CRP, which will inflame arteries and promote blood clotting. Dr. Stephen Offenbacher, a member of the American Academy of Periodontology, states “Periodontal disease needs to be considered as a major contributor to increased levels of CRP by the medical community.” What makes these recent findings noteworthy, Offenbacher observes, is that the study embraced oral examinations of over 5,000 adults in four U.S. communities—likely the largest study ever to confirm that periodontal disease and body mass are jointly associated with increased CRP in healthy adults. Lose weight…and keep your gums healthy!

Go For a Natural Toothpaste

Bentonite Oral BalmHealthy teeth and gums is exactly why I developed my Bentonite Oral Balm with White Oak Bark and Wheatgrass. A truly natural toothpaste, it’s loaded with herbs and essential oils that specifically target bacteria and inflammation. Brushing for two minutes with the Oral Balm is a highly effective way to prevent periodontal disease, lessening your own chances of elevated CRP levels. Every little bit helps on the road to preventing disease and premature aging!

Chew For Healthy Gums

Another great way to keep those gums stimulated and germ-free…chew Siberian Pine Chewing Gum, perfect for those times you’re out in the city or can’t get to a toothbrush after meals. The antiseptic properties of Siberian Pine Chewing Gum help ward off gum disease that can lead to other health problems down the road.

A raw food diet and strict attention to dental hygiene are two of your biggest allies in combating bacteria and preventing inflammation.

Compromised Teeth EbookNow it’s your move. Take a look at The Raw Food Diet and Your Compromised Teeth for the most complete information and methods available on keeping teeth and gums healthy on a raw food diet. With these tools at your disposal, you’ll certainly have something to smile about!

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