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A Mouthwash That Also Cleans Your Arteries

Beautiful girl using mouthwash. Isolated on white.Researchers at Biomedical Development Corporation recently developed a new oral rinse to fight gingivitis but their research also uncovered something surprising.

The users of the new rinse had lower LDL cholesterol levels compared to a control group using a placebo rinse.

The new rinse is based on a proprietary formula of iodine. Iodine is a critical element for good health, and it’s been estimated that as much as 40% of the world’s population is at risk of iodine deficiency. Iodine is key to proper thyroid function, which control metabolism, immunity, and other body systems. Iodine is also a powerful antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal agent. It is widely used for infection control in medical facilities, as well as, an antiseptic for minor cuts and scrapes.

Because of this, iodine is an ideal agent for controlling mouth infections and bacteria. BDC’s research suggests that good oral health may also go a long way towards good overall health. Recent clinical studies have identified what appears to be close links between oral health and cardiovascular health, as has been suggested by a number of studies over the years. While scientists still have not made direct connections between the two, evidence keeps piling up that show how gum disease and heart disease can be related.

Research by the American Academy of Periodontology has noted an important link: their studies suggest that people with periodontal disease (gum disease) are almost twice as likely to have coronary artery disease. In another study, the academy found that stroke victims were more likely, than the general population, to also have oral infections.

Which makes it all the more important to practice good oral hygiene.

While the iodine-based rinse in the study isn’t available in the marketplace yet, there are many products available that can be used to help with gingivitis or other mouth disorders and the basics still very much apply:

1. Brush at least twice a day for three minutes or more each time.

2. Floss daily.

3. Eat healthy foods, avoiding sugars and other foods that can contribute to the formation of plaque.

4. Get regular checkups and cleanings with your dentist.

5. Exercise – This boosts your immune system and helps with not only oral but overall body health.

Oral rinses like the one being developed by BDC may ultimately make oral hygiene a little simpler to manage, but developing good hygiene habits are still the most effective way to help ensure good oral health. Don’t feel like you have to figure it out all on your own. At your next dental visit, consult with the dentist or dental hygienist (they’re experts) on ideas that can help you and your loved ones develop the practices of good oral hygiene that can help ensure good health for a lifetime.

Would you like to know more before your next visit, use the “Ask the Expert” feature of our website, and we’ll be delighted to respond with answers so you can put better oral hygiene practices to use today!

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