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Brushing Your Teeth Can Protect Your Heart and Cardiovascular System

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For a healthy heart, brush your teeth. Recent studies seem to indicate a link between diseased gums and a diseased heart. Gum disease and inflammation go hand in hand, and the combination of the two can affect the entire cardiovascular system and worsen plaque in the arteries.

To keep your cardiovascular system in good working order, to maintain a healthy heart, remember to pick up your toothbrush twice a day. And use it like you mean it.

People who do not make a point of brushing their teeth with frequency and regularity are 70 percent more likely to have a heart attack, stroke or a related problem with their cardiovascular system, as well as greater inflammation, than those who brushed twice a day.

" 'We talk often about lifestyle behaviors such as smoking, exercise and diet, and one of the things we can't forget about when it comes to self-maintenance is oral hygiene,' said Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, a preventive cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City and spokeswoman for the American Heart Association. 'It's one new thing. Don't smoke, eat right and brush your teeth.' "


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There are three types of actors, who make fun of other people, fat, colored, politicians and all other types. Then there are those who do the actual material things that only thought of as monsters and aliens Well Josh Blue

May 29, 2010 - 6:39am
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Periodontal disease is directly influenced by vitamin D deficiency. The “silent killer” also seems to reflect the status of vascular health as well.

Maintaining a serum level of at least 50 ng/ml, 25 OH D (activated vitamin D), year round, will greatly improve gum health.

Generally speaking if your gums are in bad shape, so are your arteries and heart.

Brushing your teeth does not address the root cause of the issue: Low vitamin D levels on a chronic basis.

Multiple studies have shown irrefutable evidence that tooth loss is reduced significantly when vitamin D levels are at healthy, natural norms. Investigate this fact and see for yourself the proven link between oral pathology and chronic vitamin D deficiency.

In a large study conducted amongst Mormon patients 2 years ago it was observed that heart disease was developed when serum 25 OH D (activated vitamin D) levels fell below 34 ng/ml.

Vitamin D, when metabolized, becomes the human body’s most powerful steroid hormone, approximately 1 trillion times as potent as testosterone, by molecular weight.

Educate your doctors about vitamin D and in the process almost certainly save yourself from early onset, chronic diseases.

Chronic vitamin D deficiency is by far the world’s greatest health crisis. It does not matter if you have not heard this proclamation before. New vitamin D deficiency research has moved far ahead of almost anyone’s recognition.

You cannot be healthy unless your vitamin D serum level is at least 50 ng/ml, 25 OH D, year round.

To reiterate, educate your doctors and health care professionals. Pass along what you have learned and save those you love a literal lifetime of unnecessary suffering and avoid early death.

Vitamin D information sites:

Vitamin D Council: http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/

Grassroots Health: http://www.grassrootshealth.net/

Vitamin D3 World: http://www.vitamind3world.com/

May 28, 2010 - 8:28am
EmpowHER Guest

Believing the results of too many random "studies" has been shown to increase the risk of Down Syndrome.

May 28, 2010 - 8:27am
(reply to Anonymous)

I know you are just being sarcastic, Anonymous, but your comment isn't helpful to anyone.

Periodontal disease means your gums are not intact, thus giving bacteria an entry into your bloodstream. If you have any debris in your heart thanks to arrhythmias or other heart issues, that bacteria can stick to the debris, causing cardiac problems or infections. That is in addition to the inflammation angle.

This is not new information, and a snarky remark mentioning Down syndrome just isn't helpful. But thanks for visiting the site.

May 28, 2010 - 8:52am
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Anonymous (reply to Cary Cook BSN RN)

Sure, I may be snarky; However, I DO have a sense of humor and I'm working on my thesis in biomedical engineering... Ergo, I must be totally unqualified to question any kind of scientific study or hypothesis. Therefore, I must apologize for interjecting a layperson's lame joke. Have a wonderful, stupendous day!

May 28, 2010 - 10:16am
(reply to Anonymous)

It is difficult to tell the education background of an anonymous poster. I also have a sense of humor, but many women who use this site have children with Down's syndrome and likely don't find a joke using them as humorous. I think a little sensitivity is not too much to ask.
Thank you.

May 28, 2010 - 10:23am
(reply to Cary Cook BSN RN)

Thank you for saying this.
I have a sense of humor, too..but I have advanced beyond 2nd grade humor (a long, long time ago) and no longer need to make fun of others in order to feel better about myself.
It truly is amazing how many people will make fun of people w/disabilities, then try to be disingenuous about their reasons for doing so.

May 29, 2010 - 8:06am
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Anonymous (reply to Cary Cook BSN RN)

Obviously, you've never heard of Andrea Fay Friedman (go ahead... look her up on Wikipedia... I'll wait). This PC-sensitivity-training-cultural-awareness-non-offensive mantra is getting us nowhere... It certainly doesn't do the less-fortunate any favors, but instead, creates an atmosphere of victimization and self-depreciation. Then again, some of us need to feel like victims (i.e., those who are really, really sensitive to even a whif of slightly-offensive material). Those who are not coddled and tiptoed around typically wind up functioning on a much higher level. Also, give Josh Blue a lookup on the internet. You might be suprised to find that some people can "handle it."

May 28, 2010 - 3:32pm
(reply to Anonymous)

oh, so you are doing a public service by making fun of people with Ds? After all (as your reasoning goes) if they aren't 'coddled', they can attain a higher level of 'function'. gee, thanks.
Sorry...I don't buy it. All we are asking for is basic civil discourse. My son with Ds has a great sense of humor, 'functions' very well...but one thing that I have noticed about him is that he does not make fun of other people.
And he sure doesn't deserve to be made the butt of jokes for immature people such as yourself.

May 29, 2010 - 7:56am
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