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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has released data that lists the leading causes of death in the United States. Except for accidental deaths, many of the top killers listed can be associated with dental health, or the lack thereof.

Diabetes

Scholarly studies have come out showing that diabetic patients are more likely to have gum disease, and of those many are at a greater risk of neuropathy and heart disease.

Cancer

Researchers find that pancreatic cancer patients have mouth bacteria at higher levels than those without pancreatic cancer. Also of note, men with gum disease more often contract cancer of the blood and prostate cancer than people without.

Heart Disease

Persons with gum disease develop coronary artery disease in a greater percentage (35%) than those people with healthy gums. Patients with gum disease, also called periodontitis, experience inflammation in the mouth which correlates with inflammation in other parts of the body. Inflammation reduces the elasticity of arteries and this, in turn, increases plaque build up.

Respiratory Disease

Aspirating bacteria located in the mouth into the lungs can cause pneumonia and other lung infections.

Stroke

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

Alzheimer’s Disease

Japanese case studies have found that losing more than half your teeth before 60 may herald an increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

If you want more information about the connection between mouth and body health, Dr. Steven Pooley would be happy to help you. Please contact Pooley Dentistry to make an appointment at: 815-968-5434, or come by our office in Loves Park, Illinois.