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Scientists Connect Gum Disease to 4 Major Health Issues

Scientists want more funding to research dental health


The latest research in dental health reveals that there’s a link between gum disease and several major health problems. According to a professor at the University of Birmingham, the dental health field is wide open and there’s much research to be done still.

Bloomberg reported on Tuesday that scientists have learned that gum disease can increase the risk of diabetes, heart disease, pregnancy complications and it’s even linked to Alzheimer’s disease-related dementia. The bugs from gum disease can easily be ingested by the person afflicted by it, allowing bacteria or virus to travel through the bloodstream and affect other parts of the body.

Health professionals and large dental hygiene companies such as Colgate (CL), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and Procter & Gamble (PG) are pushing to increase the funding that goes into research. Only about $400 million of the U.S. National Institute of Health’s $30.9 billion budget goes into dental and craniofacial research.

The American Academy of Periodontology says that gum disease can be prevented by daily flossing and using mouthwash, and by brushing after every meal.

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