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Can not taking care of teeth lead to other health problems?

The mouth is the gateway to the rest of the body.

Infections in the mouth can spread to the blood stream and cause very serious illness.

If you can't chew your food effectively it can cause digestive problems.

If you avoid certain healthy foods because it hurts to chew, it can cause malnutrition.

There are some theories that seem to have some validity with regard to heart disease, diabetes, and other conditions being related to the health of your mouth.

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