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If the eyes are a window to the soul, is your mouth a window to your body?

from The Garden Island

It appears so. The American Dental Association has produced countless articles, as have other health professional bodies, linking the health of your mouth to the overall health of your body. The state of your mouth can signal nutritional deficiencies, infections or systemic diseases. Periodontal disease can cause tooth loss due to gum inflammation and jaw bone loss but is also associated with cardiovascular disease, stroke, Alzheimer's disease and pneumonia. Other diseases such as diabetes or HIV infection can lower the body's resistance to the bacteria in your mouth which cause periodontal inflammation. more

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