Ladies, it’s one of the most powerful weapons yet in the war against cancer.
It’s not a drug. It’s not a vitamin.
It’s something that’s probably in your own home right now… but if you’re like most folks, there’s a good chance that you almost never use it.
It’s your FLOSS!
Yes, humble dental floss — available at just 99 cents for a roll that’ll last you months — could help KILL this disease before it ever has a chance to sink its grimy little claws into your body.
The key is in making sure you never develop the ragged, bleeding sore spots that mark the ugly onset of gum disease, a condition that hits more than two-thirds of seniors.
If you’re among them, your risk of cancer of any kind jumps by 14 percent.
The biggest risk is in esophageal cancer. If you’ve got gum disease, your odds of facing that killer cancer will triple.
It can also boost your odds of facing cancers of the breast, lung, and gallbladder — especially if you’ve ever smoked. And even if you’ve NEVER smoked, gooey gums can lead to other cancers — even melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
It’s not just cancer that’s on the line, either.
Gum disease has been linked to heart disease, heart attack, stroke, and more.
Scientists are still arguing about why exactly nasty, bleeding gums can increase the risk of so many diseases, but it really comes down to two things: inflammation and bacteria.
Gum disease leads directly to inflammation, which you can see when you smile in the mirror. That pink puffy patch just under your teeth? That’s inflammation — and when you can see it like that in your gums, you can safely assume it’s even WORSE inside your body, where that same inflammation can feed tumors.
Bleeding gums also let the nasty bacteria chewing away at the plaque on your teeth INTO your body, where they can clump and form blockages and even help tumors to grow.
Yes, it’s THAT bad — so, if you’re not taking your gums as seriously as the rest of your body, it’s time to get started.
Take better care of your teeth and gums, and you can give ALL of those diseases the kick in the teeth they need to leave you alone.
The best way to do that, of course, is with your 99-cent roll of floss. Use it daily, and consider investing in a Waterpik-type of “oral irrigator” as well to really wash away those germs.
For an extra boost, rinse each evening with 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, which can wipe out any ugly little critters that might’ve survived your floss attack.