Another Important Reason to Brush and Floss!

Spread the love

A new study, published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, suggests that gum disease can significantly raise the risk of head and neck cancer. Researchers found that people diagnosed with these forms of cancer were much more likely to have chronic gum disease (periodontitis) than people without cancer. Gum disease leads to bone loss and the loss of tissue surrounding the teeth. Each millimeter of bone loss due to gum disease was associated with a more than four times greater risk of head and neck cancer. This study also confirms that chronic inflammation and infection increases the risk of cancer.

Other health risks associated with gum disease include: diabetes, increased risk of heart attack and stroke, and preterm birth.

Be on the look out for these signs of gum disease:

· Gums that bleed when you brush or floss

· Gums that are red, swollen, or tender

· Receding gums (gums that have pulled away from the teeth)

· Persistent bad breath

The best way to combat gum disease is to brush and floss daily. Mouth wash can also provide significant benefit. The rinse that I use is called Pathway GUM TONIC. This herbal formula strengthens gum tissue with its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and astringent properties. Ingredients include goldenseal root, bayberry root bark, prickly ash, myrrh gum, and coptis root. Mix 1 dropperful in a small amount of water and rinse. Not only is this formula great for gums, but it is also helpful for painful canker sores too.

Other important supplements for oral health include: Vitamin C, CoQ10, folic acid, grapeseed extract, and probiotics.

Our Bloggers

  • Paula Gallagher
    Paula Gallagher
    Paula is a highly qualified and experienced nutrition counselor on the staff at Village Green.
    read more..
  • Margo Gladding
    Margo Gladding
    Margo's impressive knowledge base is the result of a unique blend of educational and professional experience.
    read more..
  • Dr. Neal Barnard
    Dr. Neal Barnard
    Dr. Barnard leads programs advocating for preventive medicine, good nutrition, and higher ethical standards in research.
    read more..
  • Joseph Pizzorno
    Dr. Joseph Pizzorno
    Dr. Joseph Pizzorno, ND is a pioneer of integrative medicine and a leading authority on science-based natural medicine.
    read more..
  • Debi Silber
    Debi Silber
    Debi is a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in nutrition, a personal trainer, and whole health coach.
    read more..
  • Teri Cochrane
    Teri Cochrane
    Teri is a is a Certified Coach Practitioner with extensive certifications and experience in holistic medicinal practices.
    read more..
  • Dr. Rav Ivker
    Dr. Rav Ivker
    Dr. Rav Ivker is a holistic family physician, health educator, and best-selling author.
    read more..
  • Susan Levin
    Susan Levin
    Susan writes about the connection between plant-based diets and a reduced risk of chronic diseases.
    read more..
  • Rob Brown
    Dr. Rob Brown
    Dr. Brown's blended perspective of healthcare includes a deeply rooted passion for wellness and spiritual exploration.
    read more..
December 2009
S M T W T F S
 12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031