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How does someone get maggots in his gums?

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In brief: Maggots

Shocking, isn't it? The body inside--including the gums--is filled with network of blood vessels, which restlessly send invader-fighting cells ; molecules.
So when a fly lays eggs ; they hatch out (in fact, most eggs won't even hatch), the body can effectively fight to kill. However, with gum disease, when a piece of the gum is dead, no blood is there to fight. Eggs hatch, and come out maggots.

In brief: Maggots

Shocking, isn't it? The body inside--including the gums--is filled with network of blood vessels, which restlessly send invader-fighting cells ; molecules.
So when a fly lays eggs ; they hatch out (in fact, most eggs won't even hatch), the body can effectively fight to kill. However, with gum disease, when a piece of the gum is dead, no blood is there to fight. Eggs hatch, and come out maggots.
Dr. Manami Yamaguchi
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