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The connection between #oral and #overall #health seems to stem largely from #bacteria and #germs located in the mouth that can spread to other parts of the body and cause diseases, according to the #Mayo #Clinic. For example, some research suggests that #heart #disease, clogged arteries and stroke might be linked to #inflammation and #infections that oral bacteria can cause. People with #gum #disease have two to three times the risk of suffering a heart attack, stroke or other serious heart condition, according to #Harvard #Medical #School.


Research also has shown that diabetics are more susceptible to gum disease because diabetes reduces the body’s resistance to infection. #Osteoporosis weakens bones, leading to #periodontal #bone #loss and #tooth loss.


Seniors, who make up a disproportionately large share of the dental uninsured and are at greater risk for a range of health problems. According to data from #Medi-Cal, it is likely that as many as 2.5 million seniors in the state lack dental insurance, a number likely to rise because #California is “experiencing significant growth in the senior population.


The #Centers for #Disease #Control and #Prevention estimates that about one in five adults 65 and older are #missing all their #teeth, which can affect their #nutrition. It is also estimated that two in three elderly adults suffer from gum disease, according to the #CDC.

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