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Periodontitis linked to higher kidney disease mortality

from Dentistry Today

Patients with chronic kidney disease and periodontitis have a higher mortality rate than patients with chronic kidney disease alone, according to the University of Birmingham. Researchers note that these findings add to the growing evidence for poor oral health's associations with other chronic diseases. "It's important to note that oral health isn't just about teeth," said professor Iain Chapple. "The mouth is the doorway to the body, rather than a separate organ, and is the access point for bacteria to enter the bloodstream via the gums." more

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