I was talking to a buddy of mine the other morning when I had to take two steps back – because his breath S-T-U-N-K.
Finally, I offered him a stick of gum.
That’s what friends are for, right?
The only thing worse than trying to talk to someone with “dragon breath” is when you’re the one shooting flames — and odds are, you won’t even realize it.
Like my friend the other day, you don’t always know when you’ve got bad breath.
Now, the latest research shows how “stink mouth” is more than just a social nightmare.
It could lead to a DEADLY health problem, because one of those nasty germs can trigger a heart condition that kills nearly a third of the people who get it!
It’s called infective endocarditis, and it’s when clots form right inside the valves of your heart.
This condition doesn’t get much attention, but nearly 100 people a day come down with it in the United States alone. And, according to the new study, this condition doesn’t start in your heart.
It doesn’t even start in your bloodstream.
It starts in your mouth!
The key is a little critter called Streptococcus gordonii, and it’s just one of the hundreds of bacteria that produce the nasty dental plaque that leads to tooth decay, gum disease, and stinky breath.
But this microscopic monster has another trick up its sleeve that’s far worse.
It uses a protein as a “lasso” to rope itself to another protein inside your body – essentially anchoring it in place.
And that allows it to set up camp in and around your heart.
Once there, earlier studies show it can wrap itself inside platelets to protect it from your immune system. But that also creates clumps of platelets – a.k.a. CLOTS — and when they bunch up in your heart valves, you’re in big trouble.
Don’t let them reach that point.
Whenever your gums bleed, you’re essentially giving Streptococcus gordonii and other nasty germs an open invitation to enter your bloodstream, where they can cause everything from heart problems to infections.
Some of these oral bacteria have even been linked to dementia!
The best way to fight these germs, obviously, is by brushing and flossing after meals – but don’t waste your time on multicolored sparkling toothpaste with bubblegum flavor and fluoride.
Germs don’t give a hoot about ANY of that!
If you want to wipe them out, make your own simple paste out of baking soda and 3 percent hydrogen peroxide.
Rub it all into your teeth and gums… let it sink in for a few moments… rinse with the peroxide… and don’t forget to floss.
You’ll have fresh breath, a brighter smile, and absolutely no germs.