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What your mouth can tell you about your health

from Metro

White teeth and fresh breath are a dental care bonus, but the real payoff of proper daily cleaning and dental checkups is healthy gums. Healthy gums equal healthy teeth and a whole lot more. "Up to 80 percent of the population unknowingly has some form of gum disease," says Dr. Pankaj Singh, founder of NYC's Arch Dental Associates. "Gum disease causes little discomfort and produces few obvious symptoms in the early stages. But we consider gum disease a problem that can affect the whole body." Indeed, gum disease — also known as gingivitis — is linked to increased risk for stroke, heart attack, preterm births, diabetes complications, Alzheimer's and dementia. "We must address gum disease as a serious, whole health concern," Singh said. more

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