What’s the most essential health-booster in your home?
It’s not those veggies in your fridge. Sure, they ARE terrific for you. But there’s something else that has them beat.
And it’s likely not your meds or your vitamins either. Both ARE super important, of course. But there’s something else that has the potential to make such a significant impact on your health, that it might even have THEM beat, too.
I’ve told you about this bathroom-sink health secret before. It’s your toothbrush.
And yes, I AM serious. Because it turns out there’s a direct link between your oral hygiene and your overall health.
Regular Healthier Talk readers may recall when I wrote about how good dental care could help reduce your risk for heart troubles, for example.
But now new research reveals one MORE way brushing and flossing could help protect you from one of today’s top killers.
In a very real way, you could BRUSH AWAY some of your diabetes risk.
Cleaning your pearly whites reduces diabetes risk
Of course, it’s not quite as simple as brush your teeth, and your diabetes risk disappears. You can’t live an unhealthy lifestyle and hope that brushing and flossing will magically undo all the damage.
But most of us ARE trying our best.
We do what we can when we can to stay healthy. And we even TRY to eat right most of the time. Yet we still can find ourselves tottering on the brink of a serious illness such as diabetes.
And that’s where good dental care shines like a picture-perfect smile. Because if you brush after your meals – three times a day – your risk of developing diabetes drops by a healthy EIGHT percent. And while that isn’t a huge number, it’s certainly nothing to sneeze at.
On the other hand, if you let things get a little out of control in your mouth and develop gum disease, the opposite happens. Your risk of the disease jumps NINE percent.
And if it’s so bad your teeth are falling out, your risk can skyrocket. Missing 15 or more teeth will increase your chances of developing diabetes by 21 percent. Likely due to germs.
Poor dental care drives up disease risk (try THIS)
We think of sugar as causing tooth decay. And it does, but indirectly.
Sugars act as food for the germs in your mouth, especially certain forms of Strep bacteria. They feed off the sugar, then form the plaque that leads to tooth decay and other problems.
But they also do something else. Sugars cause inflammation both there in your mouth (you can even see it in your gums at times) and deeper inside your body. And inflammation, of course, is a major risk factor not just for diabetes but other forms of chronic disease.
That’s part of the reason that studies have linked poor oral hygiene to…
- heart attack
- high blood pressure
In other words, your health, from HEAD to TOE, can be affected by how well you take care of your mouth. So, it’s time to do something about it. And the best part is you ALREADY know how.
I’m talking about regular brushing and flossing, of course. And if you want to take your routine one step further, ditch the commercial toothpaste at least a few times a week for a baking soda and peroxide version you make at home.
Combine around two tablespoons of three percent hydrogen peroxide with one tablespoon of baking soda. Mix it into a paste and use it to brush your teeth as usual. Allow it to sit for a minute to let the paste lift stains and kill germs, and then rinse thoroughly.