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Does gum disease have a link to cancer, dementia, stroke?

Sep 30, 2016 - Washington Post Blogs

Open wide. There's a host of researchers peering inside your mouth, and you may be surprised at what they hope to find. They're looking for a connection between gum disease and illnesses such as breast cancer and even dementia.

What they're seeing in there is intriguing: possible relationships between gum or periodontal disease and diabetes, heart disease, stroke and at-risk pregnancies. Some studies have been pursuing an association between bleeding gums and pancreatic cancer. Others ar...