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Warning signs of gum disease

from Malden Observer

Most think gum disease is merely a dental issue — but gingivitis/periodontal disease can affect your heart, nervous and endocrine systems as well. According to the American Academy of Peridontology, those afflicted with 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. There is a also direct link to heart disease: Scientists from the University of Florida found the "smoking gun" back in a 2005 study where oral bacteria was isolated in arterial plaque. more


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