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Potential Link: Study Connects Periodontal Disease to Liver Damage

 A study presented at the 2017 International Liver Congress in Amsterdam has linked severe cases of periodontitis to cirrhosis of the liver. The study was made up of 184 cirrhosis patients who were tracked for an average of one year to look for causes of cirrohosis, which leaves the liver permanently scarred. Patients in the study were given health assessments, include oral health exams.

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Can Bad Dental Hygiene Cause Colorectal Cancer?

The oral-systemic link is a theory in dental and medical professions that bridges the health of the mouth with the total health of the body. For dentists and dental professionals that believe in the oral-systemic link, diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis can lead to not only to tooth and bone loss but also to major health complications. The health complications include conditions like heart attack, stroke, diabetes and now even colorectal cancer.

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What you should know about bleeding gums.

When our gums bleed, the typical response is to do nothing and assume we just need to get in a better homecare routine. The problem with that mindset is that when the gums are bleeding it's not just a warning sign. It means there's already an infection. Infection in the gums can become a serious problem for both the teeth and the rest of the body.

Gums pull away from teeth naturally, but should only recede about 3mm. Anything more than that could be a sign of gum disease. Once gum disease gets going, it begins to destroy tissue and bone structure that supports the teeth. The first stage of gum disease (gingivitis) can be reversed. But once a certain amount of damage has been done to the bone, we can't get it back naturally. That's why tooth loss is often an end result of gum disease. 

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Knoxville Dentist Dispels Myths About Gum DIsease

Wouldn’t it be dreadful if you went to wash your hands at the sink, only to discover that your fingers were bleeding for no apparent reason? Naturally, you’d seek treatment as quickly as possible. When you think about it this way, it becomes even more baffling that people whose gums bleeds will often delay pursuing  ...

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Gum Disease Prevention Quiz from Knoxville Dentist

Approximately 80% of Americans have some level of gum disease. Gum disease that is not treated can increase the risk for other overall health problems. Heart disease, stroke, diabetes, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and pre-term labor are among the unpleasant possibilities. As a founding member of AAOSH, the American Academy...

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