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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.
Cholesterol and other lipids in the blood play role in many diseases

Cholesterol and other lipids in the blood play role in many diseases

Study provides more evidence for link between increased cancer risk and advanced gum disease

Study provides more evidence for link between increased cancer risk and advanced gum disease

Bacteria linked to periodontitis may play role in onset of cancer

Bacteria linked to periodontitis may play role in onset of cancer

EPF raises awareness campaign to improve oral health

EPF raises awareness campaign to improve oral health

A poor neighborhood in Chicago looks to Cuba to fight infant mortality

A poor neighborhood in Chicago looks to Cuba to fight infant mortality

Poor oral health contributes to frailty in older adults

Poor oral health contributes to frailty in older adults

Frail patients losing access to dental house calls

Frail patients losing access to dental house calls

Researchers identify oral bacteria linked to esophageal cancer

Researchers identify oral bacteria linked to esophageal cancer

Oral bacteria that lead to periodontal disease linked to higher risk of esophageal cancer

Oral bacteria that lead to periodontal disease linked to higher risk of esophageal cancer

Discovery of natural molecule could lead to effective treatments for gum disease and atherosclerosis

Discovery of natural molecule could lead to effective treatments for gum disease and atherosclerosis

Research may explain why gum disease is linked to heart problems

Research may explain why gum disease is linked to heart problems

Novel dental imaging technique using food-grade cuttlefish ink developed

Novel dental imaging technique using food-grade cuttlefish ink developed

New photoacoustic imaging technique uses squid ink to examine patient's gum health

New photoacoustic imaging technique uses squid ink to examine patient's gum health

Targeting bone marrow protein could be effective way to improve stem cell transplants

Targeting bone marrow protein could be effective way to improve stem cell transplants

Study shows link between history of gum disease and increased cancer risk in older women

Study shows link between history of gum disease and increased cancer risk in older women

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