The unexpected dangers of gum disease
from Medical News Today
Gum disease is common and unpleasant, but, according to a growing body of evidence, it could also play a role in a surprising range of seemingly unrelated health problems. Plaque — a sticky substance that contains bacteria — builds up on teeth. If it is not brushed away, the bacteria can irritate the gums. The gums may then become swollen, sore or infected; this is referred to as gingivitis. In general, gum disease can be treated or prevented by maintaining a good oral health regime.
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