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Research data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists the major causes of death in the US: diabetes, cancer, heart disease, respiratory disease, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease. There is a link between these conditions and a person’s oral health. People with diabetes have a much higher degree of periodontitis, or gum disease, than other people. Diabetics also show a greater risk of heart disease and neuropathy.

-Pancreatic cancer is also much more prevalent among persons with high levels of mouth bacteria, which is another side-effect of diabetes, poor oral health and blood chemistry imbalances.

-There is a correlation between gum disease and coronary artery disease. Those with coronary artery disease have a 35 percent greater rate of gum disease.

-Inhaling oral bacteria may cause pneumonia and other in respiratory problems.

-People with gum disease suffer strokes 4.5 times more often than those without
periodontitis.

-Tooth loss has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Japanese studies confirmed that among 60-year-olds that had lost half of their natural teeth, Alzheimer’s was prevalent.

If you want more information about the connection between mouth and body health, Dr. Swati Agarwal would be happy to help you. Please contact our office to make an appointment at: 415-362-5315, or come by our office in San Francisco, California.