■ If you have gum disease, brushing your teeth and using rope, chewing, or taking any action that exerts pressure on your teeth pose a risk of sending harmful bacteria to your body.
■ Gum disease is a risk factor for heart and respiratory patients.
■ If you are going to undergo a joint transplant, you should have your teeth completed before surgery to avoid post-operative infection.
■ Pregnant women with gum disease are at risk of premature birth or low birth weight.
■ The first line of defense to diagnose oral cancer, which usually starts in the tongue, is the dentist.
■ Smokeless tobacco can increase the risk of oral cancer four times.
■ Mouth sores are usually seen at a young age.
■ If you often get sores in your mouth, change your toothpaste to a 30-day trial.