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  1. Germy mouths boost cancer risk

    Don't brush your teeth, and you'll have a stinky mouth full of cavities -- but those aren't the only risks. They're not even the worst risks.

    I've told you before how filthy yaws boost the risk of heart trouble. Now, new research confirms another big risk: People who don't brush are more likely to die of cancer.

    The study of nearly 1,400 Swedes tracked for up to 24 years finds that those who died of cancer had consistently higher levels of oral plaque -- up to 40 percent more in some cases.

    These weren't just the cancers that show up with old age, either. Based on life expectancies, those cancers cut 13 years off the lives of women and 8.5 years from men.

    In other words, brushing your teeth could literally add years to your life.

    But listen, you could brush twice a day, every day and still up your risk of deadly disease if you're using toothpastes loaded with chemical waste.

    Fluoride, which is added to nearly every mainstream brand of toothpaste, can actually cause cancer -- specifically bone cancer, not to mention it's linked to any number of other diseases from Alzheimer's to osteoporosis.

    Don't waste your money on expensive "all-natural" toothpaste, even if it is fluoride-free. Keep your teeth clean for pennies a day the Douglass way: Mix 3 percent hydrogen peroxide with baking soda until it a forms a paste, then work it into your gums with your fingertips -- you don't even need a toothbrush -- and rinse with the peroxide (just don't swallow it).

    Be sure to floss and use a water irrigator between your teeth, and you'll have the strongest teeth, whitest smile, healthiest gums, and freshest breath around.

  2. How to beat the dentist every time

    The heart-healthy benefits of a clean mouth

    It's the kind of research only a dentist could love: People who get the most intensive dental cleanings have a lower risk of a heart attack or stroke.

    The more cleanings you get, the lower your risk -- with patients who get scalings every year having a 24-percent lower risk of a heart attack and a 13-percent lower risk of a stroke than people who never have the procedure, according to a new study out of Taiwan.

    Scalings, if you don't know, are the hellishly painful "deep cleanings" in which a dentist pulls plaque and other junk from between your teeth and gums using sharp instruments that would be right at home in a medieval torture chamber.

    I can't help but think that some dentists enjoy using those instruments just a little too much -- but if that was the only way to get the job done, I'd say strap in and brace for the pain.

    After all, this isn't the first study to find a clear link between a clean mouth and a healthy heart.

    But don't make that appointment yet -- because visiting a dentist is like having lunch in a toxic waste dump: mercury, fluoride, radiation and more, all aimed right at your kisser.

    You might leave with clean teeth, but at what price?

    You can do a much better job of keeping your teeth and gums in tip-top shape, and all you need is baking soda and 3 percent hydrogen peroxide.

    Mix the two into a paste and gently massage it into and around your teeth with your fingertips. Then, rinse with (but don't swallow) the peroxide. Don't forget to floss, and be sure to use a water irrigator like the Waterpik.

    Believe me, your trips to the dentist will be quick and painless -- and you'll never have to suffer through a scaling.

    One more note on this: The most careful dental habits in the world won't do a thing to protect your teeth or your heart from the ravages of a diet loaded with sugar and other processed carbs.

    In other words, don't just watch your mouth -- watch what you put in it as well, and you'll avoid both the dentist and the cardiologist.

  3. Killer breath

    I've told you for years that oral health affects heart health. Now, one scientist has figured out the "why" behind this cause-and-effect relationship.

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