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Start the New Year with a New Toothbrush

Posted on January 6th, 2011 by Dr. Mercola  |  No Comments »

Toothbrushing Boosts Oral HealthA new toothbrush was probably not in most Christmas wish lists. But natural health expert

Dr. Joseph Mercola thinks it’s one of the first purchases you should make to start the New Year. Here’s why.

A study published earlier this year found that the frequency of brushing your teeth can have a significant impact on your risk of developing heart disease. The researchers found that people with the worst oral hygiene increased their risk of developing heart disease by 70 percent compared to those who brush their teeth twice a day.

How can poor oral health contribute to the risk of heart disease?

Periodontal disease involves both bone and the tissue that’s in contact with it. From this contact, bacteria and toxic inflammatory compounds can easily enter your bloodstream and harm your blood vessel linings. This can lead to a heart attack or stroke, Dr. Mercola explains.

How to Safely Improve Your Oral Health

Reducing inflammation is crucial to good overall health. Regularly brushing your teeth is one way to prevent chronic inflammation in your body.

An important reminder from Dr. Mercola: good oral health and strong teeth are NOT the result of drinking fluoridated water and using fluoridated toothpaste.

Fluoride is one of the most toxic elements in the Earth’s crust. It is an insidious poison that can cause serious health effects over time by damaging your digestive, immune, nervous, and skeletal systems.

Dr. Mercola will launch a new fluoride-free toothpaste and dental cleaning system early this year.

Good oral health starts with your diet. Avoid sugars and processed foods to prevent the bacterial growth that causes tooth decay, Dr. Mercola advises. The simple act of limiting or eliminating sugar and avoiding processed foods — along with regular dental cleaning — will naturally keep your gums and teeth healthy.

Keep in mind that brushing your teeth too hard and longer than necessary can damage your enamel and gums. Studies show that brushing longer than two minutes and using pressure greater than 150 grams does not remove any additional plaque.

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