Harnessing Pickle Power for Better Teeth

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You have to drag most men kicking and screaming into a dentist’s office.

Some of us won’t think about going unless we’ve had our teeth knocked out.

My own father didn’t go to the dentist for 25 years.

And after his first visit back, he came out cavity free.

Which in his head, completely justified not getting his teeth checked out for over two decades.

Have you even been to a dentist within the past year? Be honest.

It’s not likely, as it’s estimated that 72% of the population hasn’t.

But dental hygiene is one of the most important parts of your health.

And you should take extra precautions to keep your teeth healthy and clean.

I’ve heard of way too many men who were too stubborn to go to the dentist…

That finally went in with a toothache and walked out with the discovery that they needed a crown and 8 fillings.

…For a massive bill of over $2,000.

Preventative measures for cavities are becoming all the more popular in response to horror stories of massive dental bills for otherwise healthy men.

Of course, there’s the obvious stuff: brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing, avoiding sugar, etc.

But I was reading a study the other day that suggested something a little… Stranger.

Turns out, we should probably add pickles to the list.

Well, pickled cabbage at least.

Researchers at Ben-Gurion University in Israel found probiotics produced in the process of pickling can significantly slow down plaque buildup in teeth…

As a result, the probiotic reduced the risk of cavities by up to 30%. [R]

And now ongoing work is being done to figure out how to get this probiotic effectively incorporated into human products, such as mouthwash.

But hey, in the meantime, nothing’s stopping you from picking up some pickled cabbage yourself.

If it means saving two grand, I guess coleslaw isn’t so bad after all!

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