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Stages Of Gum Disease

Often taken for granted, the monotonous task of brushing and flossing our teeth daily has never been more important in order to avoid gum disease and reduce the risks gum disease place on our overall health. It has been estimated that 75% of Americans have some form of gum disease, which has been linked to serious health complications and causes various dental problems that are often avoidable.

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Dangers of Gum Disease

There are millions of germs that live in your mouth. If you suffer from gum disease, you have open wounds in your gums that allow these bacteria to enter directly into your blood stream and circulate throughout your body. Some of the bacteria normally found in the mouth enter your bloodstream through infected gums and can relocate to other parts of your body, with the potential of creating disease in organs and systems.


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Diabetes
Research has come forth that suggests that the relationship between periodontal disease and diabetes goes both ways – periodontal disease can make it more difficult for diabetics to control their blood sugar. In fact, those who have diabetes are more likely to have periodontal disease than those who do not, making it vital that diabetics maintain their blood sugar and seek treatment for periodontal disease.

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Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body

Taking good care of your mouth does more than help ensure you have a bright, white smile. Having a healthy mouth and healthy body go hand-in-hand! Recent studies have linked good oral hygiene with good overall health. Having a healthy mouth can reduce your risk for many serious diseases, including heart disease and pancreatic cancer.


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Heart Disease
Scientists say they have established one reason why gum disease may increase the risk of heart disease. The link between gum and heart problems has long been recognized but it is unclear if poor oral health is simply a marker of a person’s general well being. UK and Irish experts now say bacteria enter the bloodstream via sore gums and deposit a clot-forming protein.


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Low birth weight and premature babies
Most women are aware that smoking, drinking, and drug use will have a negative effect on pregnancy. Something that many women may not be aware of is the effect that having gum disease has on pregnant women. There are studies that show pregnant women may be at a higher risk of giving birth to pre-term and low-birth-weight babies when they have gum disease. 


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Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the U.S.; more than 30,000 Americans are expected to die from the disease this year. It is an extremely difficult cancer to treat and little is known about what causes it. One established risk factor in pancreatic cancer is cigarette smoking; other links have been made to obesity, diabetes type 2 and insulin resistance.

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Stroke
Stroke is one of the leading causes of death in the United States and the leading cause of death in older Americans. It is estimated that an American suffers from stroke every 45 seconds. And with one in four men and one in five women over the age of 45 suffering from a stroke, reducing your risk of having one is very important.


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Tooth and Bone Loss

Teeth can be lost for a variety of reasons. Anything from disease, injury, birth defect, to decay can result in teeth being lost or removed. However, many dental and health problems can result from tooth loss or removal. Without properly aligned teeth an individual might not be able to chew correctly and this may affect their diet. With missing teeth, or no teeth altogether, chewing becomes very difficult or impossible. 

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