Photo: Andres Thor
There’s nothing revolutionary in the idea that you should brush your teeth to prevent cavities, plaque and to maintain good mouth hygiene. But recently Swedish researchers found a link between higher levels of mouth bacteria and dying of cancer up to 13 years earlier than expected!
The more bacteria in your mouth, the higher the risk of premature death
Bacteria is the main cause of inflammation and infection in your mouth and also causes gum disease, resulting in bad breath; bleeding, receding gums and even loss of teeth. But did you know that inflammation can be passed from the gums into the bloodstream thus causing chronic health problems like heart disease?
The study lead by the department of dental medicine at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden tracked the health of 1390 adults for a period of 24 years. The participants who died prematurely suffered from cancer. The original dental plaque index in those who had died was higher than in those who had survived. They had values of 0.84 to 0.91, indicating that the gum and teeth surface had been covered with plaque.
The values among the survivors were considerably lower, between 0.66 to 0.67, indicating that their teeth and gums were only partially covered with plaque.
In other words, brush your teeth and use dental floss not just for the short-term results but for a longer life as well.
How to choose toothpaste?
But brushing teeth hides dangers, especially if you are using any of the common commercial toothpastes. Inspect your toothpaste to see if it contains any of the following:
causes skeletal problems, bone cancer, rashes, mouth sores and fluorosis (discolored teeth), poisonous, formerly used as rat poison and insecticide, but stopped when found to kill the plants never been approved by the FDA for ingestion, linked to lower IQ levels.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) & Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)
skin irritant, carcinogenic and/or prone to contamination by 1,4-dioxine (carcinogenic), linked to canker sores, lowers immunological response,may cause reproductive and developmental issues
FD&C Red 3
linked with thyroid tumors, behavioral problems, poor concentration, hyperactivity, a coal based dye and its use is restricted.
FD&C Red 40
Banned in 8 European countries
FD&C Yellow 10 Lake
genotoxic (genetic mutation), development of tumors, believed to make children hyper active, distracted and prone to tantrums.
If your toothpaste contains any of the aforementioned ingredients, you might want to switch to a natural replacement such as baking soda! Head on over to the Inspiration Earth blog for a great toothpaste recipe that will leave your mouth fresh, clean and healthy!
Now tell us, what steps are you taking to keep your teeth clean?