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How does dental health relate to overall health?

from seattlepi.com

Oral health affects the entire body. Perhaps of the greatest significance is periodontal disease, which can both contribute to and be caused by systemic inflammation. Periodontitis often begins with gingivitis and leads to destruction of ligaments and bone surrounding the teeth and ultimately tooth loss. Periodontitis generally involves the overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria, which feed on plaque or other toxins in the mouth, possibly including metals released from amalgam fillings. more


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