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Untreated periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss, other diseases

from Chicago Tribune

Nearly half of the people over age 30 in the U.S. have periodontal disease, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. It occurs more frequently in men than women, is more likely to occur in current smokers and is most prevalent in Mexican-Americans. In those 65 and older, the rate increases to more than 70 percent. Men with this gum disease are 49 percent more likely to develop kidney cancer, 54 percent more likely to develop pancreatic cancer and 30 percent more likely to develop blood cancers according to the American Academy of Periodontology. more

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