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On the basis of research published over the last 25 years, we will discuss one of the most common diseases afflicting mankind - one that 47-80 percent of adults and 30-50 percent of children suffer from (the statistics vary, depending on study parameters). The effects of this disease are not confined to one area but have extreme consequences for overall health. Although many people do not realize it, periodontal disease, or “gum disease,” is a major source of chronic inflammation throughout the body.
Periodontal disease can range from mild, with just slight bleeding of the gum tissue, to severe, resulting in loss of bone in the jaw and loss of teeth. As it progresses, gum disease can affect our health in myriad ways. But before we discuss these, let’s talk about what this disease is and what causes it.