I hope you’ve been taking good care of your pearly whites.
After all, I’ve told you about the link between your mouth and your heart health before. Folks with periodontal disease are twice as likely to develop heart disease.
And just last month I warned you that gum disease could give you Alzheimer’s.
But now a NEW oral-care-linked threat has emerged. And it’s a REAL killer.
According to the new study, a “dirty mouth” could send your risk for AGGRESSIVE colon cancer right through the roof.
It’s a specific bug called Fusobacterium nucleatumin, which lives in our mouths, which is to blame.
F. nucleatumin is a common mouth bacterium which is tied to tooth decay. But studies have revealed it’s also linked to up to a third of colon cancer cases.
And those cases are often the most aggressive kind. But up until now, scientists had no clue why.
Common mouth bug supercharges colon cancer cells
According to the team from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, the key turned out to be a protein called Annexin A1, or AA1 for short.
The science gets a bit complicated at this point, but the bottom line is that colon cancer cells contain AA1 while healthy cells don’t.
F. nucleatumin bugs seek out this protein and latch onto it. And once attached the bugs stimulate even MORE AA1 to be produced, attracting more and more of the bacteria to the area. This causes colon cancer tumors to grow out of control.
According to the researchers, regardless of the stage of a cancer or the age or sex of the patient, having higher AA1 protein levels is bad news. It means your prognosis is poor.
Good oral hygiene can help keep you healthy
But taking BETTER care of your own pearly whites could help you avoid this fate.
Scientists, of course, aren’t ready to say that reducing the levels of F. nucleatumin in your mouth may reduce your risk of aggressive colon cancer. But this is a case where ignoring the smoke could trigger a raging out of control fire.
Start with regular brushing… at least twice a day. But after ALL THREE meals is even better.
The jury is still out on whether or not flossing helps prevents cavities. But having food stuck between your teeth CAN lead to inflammation and bacteria buildup.
So flossing with a non-waxed floss or water flosser, such as a Waterpik, could be useful too.
If you have partial dentures, pay particular attention to the areas where they attach to your natural teeth. These spots are often more prone to gathering bacteria.
And make sure you see your dentist at least twice a year.
Neglecting your teeth can leave you with a MUCH bigger problem than an unattractive smile. It could rob you of your heart health and memories. And it could contribute to a case of aggressive and deadly colon cancer.
Say goodbye to your “dirty mouth.” And make your winning smile a top priority starting TODAY.