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Gum disease or periodontal disease is an infection caused by bacteria under the gum tissue that begin to destroy the gums and bone. Teeth become loose, chewing becomes difficult, and teeth may have to be extracted. Gum disease may also be related to damage elsewhere in the body; recent studies point to associations between such oral infections and diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and preterm, low-weight births. Research is underway to further examine these connections.
Diabetes-induced changes in oral microbiome promote periodontal bone loss

Diabetes-induced changes in oral microbiome promote periodontal bone loss

Cigarette smoking causes diverse harm that extends way beyond the lungs

Cigarette smoking causes diverse harm that extends way beyond the lungs

Common periodontal pathogen may delay conception in young women, study finds

Common periodontal pathogen may delay conception in young women, study finds

Frequent recreational cannabis use linked to increased risk of gum disease

Frequent recreational cannabis use linked to increased risk of gum disease

Gum disease and tooth loss may be linked to increased risk of death in postmenopausal women

Gum disease and tooth loss may be linked to increased risk of death in postmenopausal women

Dental plaque DNA of Neandertals provides insights into behaviour, diet and medication

Dental plaque DNA of Neandertals provides insights into behaviour, diet and medication

Estrogen therapy can lead to healthier teeth and gums in postmenopausal women, study suggests

Estrogen therapy can lead to healthier teeth and gums in postmenopausal women, study suggests

Study discovers how gut bacteria interacts with microRNAs to promote colon cancer growth

Study discovers how gut bacteria interacts with microRNAs to promote colon cancer growth

Common bacterium that causes gum infections may trigger rheumatoid arthritis

Common bacterium that causes gum infections may trigger rheumatoid arthritis

New research suggests only 12% of older Americans have dental insurance

New research suggests only 12% of older Americans have dental insurance

Research validates effectiveness of world-first dental vaccine

Research validates effectiveness of world-first dental vaccine

Exposure to e-cigarette vapor destroys large number of mouth cells

Exposure to e-cigarette vapor destroys large number of mouth cells

New study highlights detrimental effects of e-cigarettes on oral health

New study highlights detrimental effects of e-cigarettes on oral health

SWAT team of immune cells linked to low infection rates after cleft lip and palate surgery in infants

SWAT team of immune cells linked to low infection rates after cleft lip and palate surgery in infants

Columbia researchers discover genes that may cause gum disease

Columbia researchers discover genes that may cause gum disease

Bacteria in smokeless tobacco products linked to opportunistic infections

Bacteria in smokeless tobacco products linked to opportunistic infections

Research opens door to new class of treatments for gum disease

Research opens door to new class of treatments for gum disease

Researchers chart microbial ecology of the mouth at all stages of gum disease progression

Researchers chart microbial ecology of the mouth at all stages of gum disease progression

Cigarette smoke promotes bacteria colonization, immune invasion

Cigarette smoke promotes bacteria colonization, immune invasion

Specific oral microbiome linked to pancreatic cancer risk

Specific oral microbiome linked to pancreatic cancer risk