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What are the risk factors associated with periodontal disease?

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Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
Dentistry 51 years experience
Perio disease risks: The main risk of untreated periodontal disease is losing your teeth. Studies have shown that people with high levels of bacteria associated with periodontal disease have an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Treatment of periodontal disease reduces systemic inflammation.
Dr. Earl Sandroff
Dentistry 43 years experience
Losing em all: There are various stages of periodontal disease. The lightest means you have to make a better effort to brush and floss. In the advanced stage it means you have bone loss, inflammed gums and are on the road to having your teeth fall out. Also...It puts your overall body health at risk. If you are in question go see a dentist or two to get a better idea where you stand.

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