Because early coal mines did not have ventilation systems, miners would bring a caged canary into new “seams of coal,” which are areas large enough to be profitably mined.  The canary had a very important job and often a short, but meaningful life.  Since canaries are very sensitive to dangerous gases like methane and carbon monoxide, they were ideal for detecting any life-threatening gas buildup.  Miners could be assured that their air supply was safe as long as the canary was singing.  They knew that a dead canary meant that they needed to quickly evacuate or they would be next.  What if the condition of the mouth is actually “the canary in the coal mine” for your overall health and your ability to LIVE YOUNGER?  

The canary method was used well into the 20th century, despite more sophisticated methods of hazardous gas detection.  Although other animals were occasionally used, the canary was the most sensitive to small changes in air quality.  Modern technology has replaced canaries, but the expression holds true in many other areas of life.  Although small and seemingly insignificant, the canary served an essential purpose of warning people of a much bigger event.  

The condition of the mouth is the canary in the coal mine.  There is a direct correlation between good dental health and overall vitality. Early changes in the health of the gums and teeth are important indicators that can provide the first tangible warning signs of much bigger systemic problems.  In the next few weeks, I’ll be researching these correlations for you and relating practical information and strategies.  Areas that are relevant in this mouth/body interconnection include:

  1. Type 2 Diabetes
  2. Alzheimer’s Disease/Dementia
  3. Rheumatoid Arthritis
  4. Heart Disease
  5. Stroke and Vascular Disease
  6. Obesity
  7. Cancer
  8. Pregnancy Complications
  9. High Inflammatory Index
  10. Pneumonia and Respiratory Disease
  11. Osteoporosis
  12. Toxin Overload
  13. Dry Mouth

Countless, well-run studies have demonstrated how the health of the mouth affects the body and how the health of the body affects the mouth.  As far back as the year 2000, former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher reported that “oral health is integral to general health” and that “oral diseases and disorders in and of themselves affect health well-being throughout life.”  

The good news is that the mouth is easily accessible and much of the treatment is in your own hands.  Although gum disease is silent in the early stages, it is both preventable and treatable.  Early detection and treatment are virtually painless and and much less expensive in terms of damage and money.  

Tomorrow I’ll talk about the simplest and least expensive way to accurately diagnose gum disease in its early stages.  The health of your mouth is the canary in the coal mine.  LIVE YOUNGER by addressing simple signals that have a huge impact on your future.  You can do it.  I will help you!  

The Canary in the Coal Mine

The Canary in the Coal Mine