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Can Gum Disease Lead to Cirrhosis of the Liver?

It appears that gum disease may cause many more problems other than painful teeth, an imperfect smile and frequent visits to the dentist. Research has found a strong correlation between this condition and cirrhosis of the liver. A handful of other potentially disturbing implications include:

– More than one-third of all adults suffer from some form of periodontitis.

– Those diagnosed with gum disease are prone to exhibit higher cirrhosis-related mortality rates.

– Risk factors include smoking, high alcohol consumption and poor overall nutrition.

Poor oral health and periodontitis are very frequent in patients with cirrhosis.”

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