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Tooth decay can lead to many other serious problems
Updated: 10/24/2011 7:00:06 PM

Ignoring dental health issues can potentially lead to a variety of other health issues. Ignoring dental health issues can potentially lead to a variety of other health issues. For example, a common toothache could be the sign of tooth decay, which can lead to gum disease. Studies have shown that there may be a connection between this condition and an eleven-fold risk of breast cancer, compared to healthy individuals. 

“The byproducts of oral inflammation enter the bloodstream and can create problems at distant sites. Inflammation may enhance cellular proliferation and mutagenesis, allowing for the development and spread of cancer," said James Burke Fine, D.M.D.

Gum disease has also been shown to increase the risk of developing other conditions such as cardiovascular disease, atherosclerosis, Alzheimer’s, type 2 diabetes, stroke and rheumatoid arthritis. This highlights the need for affordable dental care in America.

Visiting the dentist often is the best way to avoid developing complications due to tooth decay, and yet many people are unable to do this because they don't have enough money. When people lose their jobs, as so many have in this current economy, they also tend to lose their dental insurance. For this population, there are many affordable dental plans to help them get the care they need.  

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