How Gum Disease Triggers Cancer, Heart Attacks, Obesity, and More—And How to Stop It

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Do your gums bleed when you brush or floss? Do they look red or puffy? Are you concerned about loose teeth?  

If you answered yes to any of those questions, you’re one of the millions of people suffering from at least some degree of gum disease.  

And this problem doesn’t just stay in your mouth… 

Dental health connects to your whole-body health.1 If your teeth or gums are in bad shape, you’re much more likely to have other conditions or illnesses. There’s a growing stack of research linking poor dental health with serious – even deadly – health issues. 

Luckily, fixing your dental health can also improve your overall health, and maybe even save your life. Even better, you can get to the root of the problem without taking extra trips to the dentist. All you need is a 3-step rescue plan to keep your gums healthy and your teeth firmly in place.  

Gum Disease Raises Your Risk for Deadly Diseases 

Your mouth is full of bacteria – don’t worry, it’s supposed to be. Many of those are beneficial bacteria that help keep your mouth healthy, but some can be harmful, like the ones that cause or worsen gum disease.  

Those harmful bacteria trigger inflammation – one of the most important issues in dental health. Inflammation eats away at gum tissue and breaks down bone tissue, both of which hold your teeth in place. It’s a primary factor in gum disease, and the main factor that leads to system-wide health issues. 

Even a slight degree of gum disease opens the gateway for those oral bacteria to enter your bloodstream. And since dental issues tend to be chronic, that means those oral bacteria cause ongoing problems. When bacteria that belong in your mouth travel throughout your body, they can: 

  • infect other cells, tissues, and organs 
  • trick special immune cells (called TH17 cells) into protecting them 
  • block the killing power of immune cells 
  • increase the activity of inflammatory cells and compounds 

Chronic dental health problems lead to chronic inflammation in your body. That gets compounded when an alarm protein called galectin-3 gets activated. Galectin-3 keeps the inflammation cascade going and makes you much more vulnerable to all kinds of infectious and chronic diseases. 2  

Many Serious Health Problems Connect Back to Gum Disease 

As unbelievable as it sounds, problems in your mouth can lead to the most dreaded diseases… even premature death. And there are stacks upon stacks of research proving that connection.  

Scientific studies show clear links between poor dental health and higher risk of… 

  • Heart attack and stroke3 
  • Osteoporosis and bone loss4 
  • Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline5 
  • Rheumatoid arthritis6 
  • Diabetes7 
  • Autoimmune diseases8 
  • Lung diseases, including pneumonia and COPD9 
  • Cancer,, especially breast cancer 10-12 
  • Premature death13 

As frightening as that sounds, there’s good news here. Taking charge of your dental health can reverse gum disease… secure your teeth… and improve your overall wellness and vitality. 

Your 3-Step Dental Health Rescue Plan 

Dental health doesn’t improve overnight, especially if your gums have been inflamed and bleeding for a while. The sooner you get started with this 3-step rescue plan, the faster you’ll be able to brush and floss without discomfort. And as your dental health gets better, your overall health will bounce back, too. 

The 3-step approach offers both immediate and long-term support for your dental health. The plan starts by eliminating the harmful bacteria that both causes and worsens gum disease. In turn, that quiets down inflammatory compound and soothes puffy, painful gums. Over time, your teeth and gums will regain strength and resilience. That provides the triple benefit of preventing more bacteria from entering the bloodstream, protecting you against disease, and giving your whole body the opportunity to heal. 

Step 1: Honokiol Targets Infectious Microbes That Cause Gum Disease 

Honokiol, a compound extracted from magnolia bark, compound delivers strong antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory action – exactly what you need when you’re working to improve your dental health. In fact, a brand-new study – released September 2020 – concludes that honokiol has the potential to “cure or fight oral diseases.”14 

This powerful natural plant extract successfully fights the bacteria that cause gum disease,15 including: 

  • Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans 
  • Porphyromonas gingivalis 
  • Prevotella intermedia 
  • Micrococcus luteus 
  • Streptococcus mutans 

Recent research shows that honokiol helps prevent tooth decay.16 And while researchers are trying to develop effective drugs to fight oral bacteria using honokiol as their model,17 they’ll never work as well as nature’s version. In addition to fighting the bacteria that cause gum disease, honokiol calms inflammation,18,19 – and that helps reduce the pain of sore gums. 

Honokiol’s benefits don’t stop at your gum line. This herbal treasure also helps fight many inflammation-related diseases, including: 

  • Cancer20 
  • Alzheimer’s disease21 
  • Diabetes22  

So while you’re healing your gums and protecting your teeth, you’ll also be safeguarding your overall health with honokiol. 

Step 2: Tibetan Herbal Formula Heals Inflamed Gums and Protects Teeth 

This time-honored herbal remedy is based on a traditional “cooling” Tibetan formula, and studied through decades of clinical research. The 19 botanical ingredients in this formula work together through the principles of Tibetan medicine to combat “heat” and revitalize circulation by “moving wind.”  

Those properties allow this formula to: 

  • Calm painful inflammation 
  • Reduce damaging oxidative stress 
  • Boost immune function 
  • Fight infectious microbes 
  • Support healthy blood flow  

All of those actions can help significantly improve dental health… and that includes helping you avoid dreaded root canals. 

Importantly, a clinical study23 found that this formula effectively treated toothaches caused by chronic dental pulpitis, where the pulp of the tooth becomes inflamed and painful. The formula worked so well that:  

  • 55% of patients were pain-free within 1 month 
  • 81% became pain-free in 2 to 3 months 
  • 24% remained free of dental pain for more than 3 years 

Best of all, those patients were able to avoid root canals and tooth extractions after using this classical Tibetan formula.  

Step 3: Modified Citrus Pectin Halts Inflammation Triggered by Gum Disease 

Modified citrus pectin, or MCP, starts out as citrus pith and transforms into a powerful ally that fights disease on the cellular level. MCP blocks galectin-3,24 the alarm protein that triggers widespread inflammation at the root of many chronic conditions.25  By stopping galectin-3, MCP can help relieve inflamed gums, which has the extra effects of keeping your teeth in place and closing the gateway that allows oral bacteria to infect other areas of the body.  

At the same time it’s taming galectin-3 and inflammation, MCP also supports immune system function. It activates critical immune cells and increases their fighting abilities.26 That can help kill off the pathogens that cause gum disease.  

And like honokiol, MCP’s superpowers extend far beyond dental health. MCP offers dozens of health benefits, from detoxing heavy metals to fighting cancer to protecting against heart attack and stroke.27  

As researchers continue to explore the system-wide impacts of gum disease and oral health, experts estimate that your dentist may help play a key role in preventative care, highlighting potential long-term health risks early enough to address a wide range of chronic and life-threatening conditions.  


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