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Mouth is gateway to body's health

from Tampa Bay Newspapers

Your dentist is often the first health practitioner to notice signs of disease in your body. From heart disease to diabetes or arthritis to cancer, the dentist can spot indicators in your mouth that send up a red flag about your overall health. There is a direct correlation between the effects of periodontal disease and the health of the entire body. Periodontal disease is caused by a bacterial infection, which damages the gums and bones around the teeth. The bacteria in the gums can travel to many areas of the body where it can have detrimental effects. Plaque is the main cause of gum disease, but the dentist can easily treat it. more

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