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How does periodontitis affect the body?

Periodontitis is a disease that causes the loss of both gums and bone in your mouth. As your gums recede and bone loss occurs, your teeth may become loose and even fall out. Additionally, the bacteria that causes periodontitis can lead to artery disease and even stroke.

Periodontitis, or gum disease, can affect your body as well as your mouth. The condition causes your gums to become infected and pull away from your teeth,  increasing the chances that your teeth may fall out. Bacteria can flow from unhealthy gums into your bloodstream, traveling to your heart, lungs, and other organs. Inflammation of the heart can cause heart disease, coronary artery disease, and stroke. In addition, periodontitis can worsen diabetes.

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