The mouth/body connection: How periodontal disease can affect health
We already know there's a connection between the mind and the body, but until recently we had no idea there was also a connection between the mouth and the body. A spate of studies in the past few years have shown a strong connection between periodontal disease and a host of other diseases including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and even some forms of cancer. Just like bacteria that invade the body through a cut or other break in the skin, germs can gain access to the bloodstream when they get far enough under the gums. "Periodontal disease causes pockets between the teeth and the gums, which are ideal breeding grounds for some nasty bacteria," explains New York City periodontist Nicholas Toscano, D.D.S., co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Implant and Advanced Clinical Dentistry.
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