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53066 Dentist | Gum Disease Linked to Increased Cancer Risk in Older Women

Gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) is a low grade, chronic infection that leads to inflammation of the gum tissue and bone that supports your teeth.  If left untreated, gum disease leads to tooth loss.  Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for adults.  The Center for Disease Control estimates that nearly 50% of American adults have some level of gum disease, and this figure skyrockets to 70% for Americans over the age of 65.  
In addition to causing tooth loss, gum disease has also been linked to other systemic health problems like heart disease, diabetes, and adverse pregnancy complications, just to name a few.
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