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Why neglecting your teeth could be seriously bad for your health

The idea that bacteria or inflammatory chemicals released by immune cells in the gums can enter the bloodstream and influence the behaviour of other tissues or organs is known as the mouth-body connection. “The mouth is not disconnected from the rest of the body,” says Francesco D’Aiuto, senior lecturer at the Eastman Dental Institute in London. Although it’s too early to say for sure that gum disease directly causes other more serious illnesses, “people should not underestimate what the body senses when the mouth is neglected”.

The mouth-body connection is not a new idea. Indeed, Hippocrates attributed a case of arthritis being cured to the pulling of a tooth. In 1900, a British doctor…

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