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The new way to stop gums from bleeding and save your teeth.

My mouth has always been a disaster. No matter how often I brushed or avoided every trace of sugar as a child, I kept having cavities--often as many as a dozen at a time. I dreaded going to the dentist because I felt helpless and discouraged. And I was afraid I'd lose my teeth just like my mother.

My parents made sure I saw a dentist every few months to have my teeth cleaned professionally. Even so, I always had a lot of plaque. And whenever I brushed my teeth, my gums bled so much I could taste the blood. I was never treated for the cause of my problems--just for its symptoms.

This was my pattern all my life ... until recently. My gums no longer bleed and the inflammation is gone. What's more, I have almost no plaque. The exciting part of this story is that it took less than two weeks to get these amazing results. It involves an ingredient you're probably already taking.

I discovered a new use for this ingredient with my dentist, Dr. Mary Ellen Chalmers. We were searching for an answer to my bleeding gums and deep pockets.

We began with the fact that I was healthy (a recent medical workup proved it) and that I shouldn't have bleeding gums and so much plaque. But I did. The question was why?

We both knew that plaque is formed by bacteria. And bacteria also cause bleeding gums and inflammation. So we had to find a way to reduce the amount of bacteria around my teeth. If I could do this, the result should be little or no bleeding and shallower pockets.

I was already brushing and flossing, but they weren't enough. By working together, we came upon a solution to my oral problems. They can help you, just as much as they helped me.

In the past I had used herbal antibacterial mouthwashes. I also brush and floss my teeth faithfully, which is the first step in any oral-health regimen. All of these helped some, but not enough. In fact, nothing worked well enough for me--or for Dr. Chalmers' other difficult patients--until Dr. Chalmers came up with an ingenious idea.

It obviously worked. At my next cleaning appointment, the results weren't ordinary at all. My dentist found almost no plaque. The pockets around my teeth were shallower than ever (the 5s became 2s and 3s). My red, inflamed gums were a light, healthy pink. And there was no more bleeding. None. Here's the solution we discovered.

Reduce bacteria

We both knew that we had to reduce the bacteria around my teeth. Mouthwashes, brushing, and flossing are always vital first steps--but they just weren't getting the job done. The pathogenic (bad) bacteria were still multiplying and causing problems. So what could we do?

I've talked a lot in the past about using friendly bacteria (probiotics) to keep pathogenic bacteria levels down in your digestive tract. But most people don't realize that your mouth is a major part of your digestive tract. In fact, the saliva in your mouth begins to break down your food before you swallow. So an overgrowth of bad bacteria in your mouth should be treated the same way you treat them in your gut--with probiotics.

In the past, Dr. Chalmers and I found that Dr. Ohhira's Probiotics 12 Plus was extremely effective in reversing a serious infection in my mouth within a week. We decided to put this probiotic around each tooth. It worked!

Here's how to do this:. Take one or two capsules of Dr. Ohhira's and hold them in your mouth until they're soft. Then bite them enough to squeeze out a little of the probiotic paste. Move some of the paste with your tongue to the base of your teeth, both inside and outside. Be sure to get paste around any painful or inflamed teeth. Don't rinse. Allow the paste to dissolve. After you swallow it, you'll also have the beneficial bacteria in your digestive tract. If you have trouble finding this probiotic, call Healthy by Nature (877-262-7843) and mention this newsletter for a discount.

Can you use other probiotics? Sure. Dr. Ohhira's is just the strongest one I've found. It works quickly and effectively. You can try brushing with a probiotic powder like our Advanced Probiotic Formula (800-728-2288). It's much less expensive and we've found the potency is far better than advertised.

I suggest you use Dr. Ohhira's if you have serious dental problems. Then, once your mouth is healthy, switch to the less expensive Advanced Probiotic Formula. You'll need to poke the capsule with a pin to release the powder. Then you can mix it in a little water and apply around your teeth with your toothbrush.

If you don't have serious dental problems, the Advanced Probiotic Formula is more than enough to keep the good bacteria working in your mouth. And it will help you continue to fend off the bad bacteria.

This simple secret does more than save your teeth. Your mouth is close to your brain. And when you have an overgrowth of bacteria in your mouth, they have a direct pathway to your brain. There they can cause more serious problems, such as nerve diseases. And we know that periodontal disease is linked to heart problems. So fighting off bad bacteria in your mouth is a key to terrific overall health.

For the first time in my life, I have a healthy mouth and know how to keep it healthy. I can stop worrying about losing my teeth. Tooth loss is frequently the result of tooth decay and gum disease.

If you have inflammation or bleeding in your gums, try this simple solution. And be sure to let me know how well it works for you.

Edgar, W.M. "Sugar substitutes, chewing gum and dental caries--a review," Br Dent J, 1998.

Hayes, C. "The effect of non-cariogenic sweeteners on the prevention of dental caries: a review of the evidence," J Dent Educ, 2001.
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