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Diseased Gums Dramatically Raise Your Cancer and Health Risks
Date:11/19/2009

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The medical profession believed for hundreds of years that teeth were the cause of many diseases. It was felt that the infected teeth and gums released poisons into the blood. It was common to extract all of a person’s teeth to rid the body of the source of these poisons. Modern medicine rejected this theory well over one hundred years ago and then began to believe there was no connection present. It was thought the old ideas were simply unscientific superstitious beliefs.

Today there are many new studies on the connection between gum diseases and other health problems. With this greater knowledge there is now a new view by the medical profession on the relationship of gum disease to other diseases. Concern is growing about these problems and leading health care providers now often make their patients aware of the risks involved in neglecting their mouths. Checking for gum disease is now a regular part of an examination in both medical and dental offices.

Researchers found that if you have gum disease, the normal act of brushing your teeth or chewing allows bacteria to enter your blood stream. The blood stream then carries throughout the body the oral bacteria and toxins associated with them. These infectious and damaging agents can trigger the immune system which in turn produces chemicals called cytokinens. The liver then produces chemicals called C-reactive proteins (CRP) and finally fibrinogen is released. Oral infections, especially gum infections, can be the cause of these increased levels of infection markers.

The initial studies of the effects of gum disease on the body were related to heart disease. With gum disease present the oral bacteria can attach themselves to the plaque and fatty acids that line the coronary arteries and then increase the build up in these arteries which are critical to heart function. They can also cause blood clots to form in the coronary arteries. This has been sho
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