According to Francis Hughes, professor of periodontology at King’s College London, “Inflammation seems to be associated with far more diseases than we’ve traditionally thought.”
Over the last decade, ever more research has been published linking oral health to illnesses such as Type 2 diabetes, cancer and heart disease. The probable cause seems to be inflammation; the same heat, swelling and discomfort that you experience when you stub your toe or get an infected splinter! The only difference is that in this case it does not get switched off and continues in your body. Such chronic inflammation can be damaging to cells in the body leading to a wide variety of chronic illnesses.
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