Good oral health involves more than just clean teeth. It’s about keeping the entire mouth and all of its tissues healthy and free of harmful buildup of bacteria and other pathogens.
Sure, we all want to have an appealing smile, but a healthy mouth has broader implications for the health of your entire body, in particular, your heart. That’s because it turns out the mouth is an ideal breeding ground for bacteria, fungi like candida albicans, parasites and viruses. And the teeth can be the path these pathogens take right into your bloodstream, which take them directly to your heart.
In fact research has revealed that poor dental hygiene and bleeding gums could allow up to 700 different types of bacteria to enter your bloodstream, which, studies show, increases your risk of a heart attack regardless of how fit and healthy you are.
While good oral care can help head off a large part of this very real threat to your health, there are some serious yet little-publicized dangers you need to know about involved in the use of many popular commercial oral health care products. Fortunately, a safe, inexpensive, all-natural mineral supplement known as colloidal silver — considered by many experts to be the world’s most powerful, natural antibiotic — can easily be substituted for dangerous oral health care products.
You see, while tooth enamel is hard and inert, beneath it lies the dentin, which is a soft, living tissue comprised of collagen, nerves and blood. It contains channels called dentinal tubules that flow into the root canal, or pulp, at the center of the tooth, which includes connective tissues, lymph and blood vessels.
If your gums bleed, or if a tooth becomes damaged from decay, trauma, wear or infection, then bacteria can enter your bloodstream from the mouth. From there it can travel throughout your entire body!
Studies reveal link between dental and heart health
Numerous studies now point to a very strong connection between oral health and heart health.
For example, an article in Harvard Health Publications strongly suggests that pathogens released into the bloodstream through the mouth can harm blood vessels and increase clotting. Another article published on the American Heart Association’s website discusses the link between bacteria-containing plaque on the teeth and atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).
And a study published in The Journal of Periodontolgy further links oral pathogens to coronary vascular disease and stroke.
These prestigious organizations all warn that oral pathogens from decaying teeth and infected gums can lead to increased risk of heart disease and stroke because of the flow of bacteria from the teeth to the heart.
Streptococcus is the primary bacteria contained in plaque that is responsible for tooth decay and gum disease. But, an unlimited type and number of pathogens could conceivably be carried from the mouth and teeth to the heart and throughout the entire body.
The experts recommend brushing twice a day, flossing once per day and making a visit to your dentist for tartar removal twice per year. For disinfection, they recommend mouthwashes. While you may have heard of the dangers of fluoride in most commercial toothpastes, you may not have heard the news that commercial mouthwashes are linked to an increased rate of cancers of the mouth and pharynx.
The connection between commercial mouthwashes & cancer
Mouthwashes containing alcohol and other ingredients to destroy bacteria and viruses are the typical approach for destroying pathogens in the mouth. But the problem is they’re inadequate disinfectants Even worse, they carry risks of their own. The chemicals they contain can actually cause a disease state.
A study in The Australian Dental Journal points to alcohol-containing commercial mouthwashes as a cause of oral cancer. The research concluded that health-care professionals shouldn’t recommend them for long-term use. The author of this study, Professor McCullough of Melbourne University, says that these products are so dangerous that they should be pulled from shelves or, at least, come with a warning label.
Alcohol is not 100 percent effective in controlling pathogens, so bacteria is left behind to breed and mutate, damaging tissues over a period of time. The drying effect of the alcohol in commercial mouthwashes can actually cause bad breath, as well.
These mouthwashes often contain other questionable ingredients, such as chlorhexidine, which is an irritant that can stain teeth with prolonged use. In addition, its effectiveness in preventing tooth decay is debatable.
According to onet article, a few U.K. companies were forced to recall thousands of mouthwash products after discovering that they were contaminated with aerobic mesophile, a dangerous bacteria that can cause lung infections in people with respiratory conditions or poorly functioning immune systems.
Similar incidents have occurred in the U.S., such as the 2005 Food and Drug Administration’s recall of mouthwashes infected with Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia), another bacteria that causes respiratory illness.
Of course, the stated purpose of commercial mouthwashes is to destroy bacteria, but the fact that such recalls have occurred demonstrate not only their ineffectiveness, but the recklessness of the companies that produce them.
Colloidal silver is safer, cheaper, & more effective
Colloidal silver is a safe, inexpensive alternative to mouthwashes. Traditionally, it is considered to be non-toxic and highly effective in killing a broad range of pathogens. Studies show that it’s effective against candida albicans that can cause oral thrush (a.k.a. “thrush mouth”). And anecdotal evidence demonstrates that it can be used to help heal pyorrhea that, left untreated, can lead to deterioration of the jaw and may eventually require surgery.
It also eliminates the causes of halitosis, or bad breath. And it disables the ability of potentially dangerous viruses in the mouth to replicate before they have a chance to spread to other organs. What’s more, according to many researchers it has an overall positive effect on the immune system, leading to a healthier heart and a healthier body.
According to researchers, the tiny, submicroscopic silver particles in colloidal silver kill pathogens in two ways:
- One, they can adhere to the enzyme receptor sites on the outer cell wall of a pathogen, preventing it from respiring. (In other words, silver in essence smothers the pathogen.)
- And two, if the silver particles are small enough they can interfere with the reproductive capabilities of bacteria and other harmful microorganisms by attaching to the DNA and preventing the organism from replicating. This also renders pathogens unable to mutate, so no mutations are left behind as with other antibiotics or disinfectants.
What’s more, tiny nano-particles of silver enter the bloodstream and flow throughout the body to safely destroy bacteria, viruses, fungi like candida albicans and other pathogens. If the silver particles are small enough, they can even enter the bloodstream through the rich network of veins under the tongue and in the cheeks.
Dr. Robert O. Becker, M.D., author of the bestselling books The Body Electric and Cross Currents, demonstrated in studies conducted at Syracuse Medical University that small amounts of silver in the human body were extremely beneficial to the immune system. He found that people with very low levels of silver have more frequent colds and other infections, but folks with adequate silver levels tended to have less frequent colds and infections, and when they did get sick the illness was very often of a much shorter duration.
In other words using colloidal silver as part a of your daily dental health routine can have many other very positive beneficial effects on your entire body.
Using colloidal silver for oral health care
For the health of your mouth and your heart, continue the dentist recommended practice of brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing or using an oral irrigator once a day. And see your dentist for a cleaning twice annually.
But, instead of commercial mouthwashes, consider using colloidal silver instead. Taken as directed on the bottle or by experienced health care practitioners, it’s non-toxic, safe for your teeth and gums and it thoroughly destroys all kinds of destructive pathogens.
In short, colloidal silver is the safer and cheaper alternative to potentially dangerous commercial mouthwashes.
Using colloidal silver as a mouthwash
To use colloidal silver as a mouthwash hold it in your mouth for 30 to 60 seconds before swallowing. You can swish it around gently, or just hold it over a problem area, such as a sore tooth or inflamed gums. This allows time for the dentin as well as the surrounding tissues to absorb it.
In order to maintain overall oral and body health, experienced users suggest a maintenance dosage of 1 to 3 tsp. of 10-15 ppm of colloidal silver once or twice per day.
In cases of injuries, infection or following surgery, many experienced colloidal silver users recommend taking up to 10 spoonfuls throughout the day for one week. This increased dosage should quickly destroy any destructive pathogens and speed recovery. For cases of mouth ulcers and sore throats, simply gargle with colloidal silver as you would a conventional mouthwash.
Unlike dangerous allopathic drugs, colloidal silver is virtually non-toxic when used as directed, so there’s no need to agonize over the exact dosage. Frequent small doses may be more effective than single larger ones until healing is achieved.
Commercial toothpastes carry a warning about the dangers of swallowing them. And based on the research, commercial mouthwashes should carry such warnings. But, unless you’re one of those rare people who are allergic to silver (which you’d likely already know, because you could not wear silver jewelry or have silver-amalgam fillings in your mouth), you don’t have to worry about adverse effects from swallowing small amounts of colloidal silver.
In the small quantities traditionally used for nutritional supplementation purposes, it is 100 percent non-toxic.
Read labels for sodium lauryl sulfate
Be aware that many common commercial toothpastes contain sodium lauryl sulfate, a substance that deteriorates human tissue and causes mouth ulcers. There are safer alternatives available at health food stores, such as Xyliwhite (NOW Brand), Weleda, Coral White, and Kiss My Face. These products never contain sodium lauryl sulfate.
When shopping for healthier toothpastes or other oral health care products, be sure to read the list of ingredients, even if the product labels claim that they are “natural.”
In a pinch, a simple paste made of baking soda and colloidal silver will work wonders to help brush away the daily plaque build-up. Just sprinkle a little bit of baking soda on a toothbrush you’ve wet with some colloidal silver. Or, pour a little into your palm or a small bowl and dip your wet toothbrush into it. Baking soda is slightly abrasive, so brush thoroughly but gently to remove soft plaque and whiten your teeth.
If you do have mouth ulcers, holding colloidal silver in your mouth several times a day for 30 to 60 seconds before swallowing will sooth the sores, help to speed healing and prevent infection.
Colloidal Silver is the natural, effective, common sense way to maintain exceptional oral health and hygiene. Oral health is necessary not only for beautiful, strong teeth, but for the maintenance of good heart health and, undoubtedly, the health of the entire body. Colloidal silver destroys disease-causing microorganisms in the mouth, and soothes and heals the gums and oral tissues, while also boosting the immunity of the entire body.
It’s also an inexpensive and highly effective alternative to commercial oral health care products and the potentially dangerous consequences of their use. As always, colloidal silver puts you in control of your own health care.
Steve Barwick is a respected natural health journalist with hundreds of articles to his credit. He has been a freelance writer since 1974, focusing primarily on natural health and nutrition topics, as well as on finance and politics.
His articles have appeared in a variety of local, regional and national publications including Grit, Boy's Life, Pacific magazine, Life & Health magazine, The Spotlight, American Free Press, Explore!, Health Science News, The American Sentinel, Vegetarian Times, the Desert Dispatch, the Christian Freedom Letter, Wealth Trends, the Orange County Register, the Bright Outlook, 50-Plus, The Bio-Tech News and many others. His articles have also been published on a variety of internet publishing forums and venues.
You can learn more at www.thesilveredge.com.
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