Twins in the same household tend to eat the same things & share routines, making them excellent research subjects. In one twin study for example, when researchers added flossing to only one of each set of twins' homecare routines, the flossing twin's cavity- causing bacteria, periodontal (gum) disease, and gum bleeding were significantly reduced. This confirms the importance of flossing in addition to daily brushing of then teeth & tongue, but it's the more serious complications that can arise from periodontal (gum )disease that make prevention & treatment so important.
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- When periodontal (gum) disease progresses, it can destroy the the ligaments and the bones which supports your teeth. This could lead to a painful and misaligned TMJ (jaw joints), limited ability to chew and get adequate nutrition, digestive problems, oral sores and halitosis (bad breath).
- Periodontal (gum ) disease is an inflammatory disease, and while it does not cause other inflammatory illness like diabetes,cardiovascular diseases and arthritis, research has shown a negative correlation in the progress of these conditions.
- Studies have also linked periodontal (gum) disease to low birth weight, toxemia (gestational high blood pressure), and premature delivery, and though rare, to stillbirth. Nearly half of women with gestational diabetes also have periodontal (gum) disease.