A 2002 study in the Journal of Periodontology found that patients with severe periodontal disease had approximately four times more harmful bacterial products in their blood than those with moderate or no periodontal disease. Other recent studies have linked oral infections to higher risks of cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, diabetes, stroke, heart attack and even adverse pregnancy outcomes.
If you didn’t already feel compelled to take good care of your mouth, teeth and gums, its important to make it a goal for you and your family this summer. Encouraging your children to take good care of their teeth and bringing them in for routine dental examines is a healthy habit that, when started young, will stay with them throughout their lifetime.
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