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Your dental professional can surmise you have heart disease, stroke risk, osteoporosis, diabetes, or pre-diabetes just by ¿reading¿ the condition of your gums and the bone around your teeth. You may have heard that poor gum management leads to heart disease, but the damage goes far beyond that. Through chronic inflammatory processes, gum disease reflects and influences general health and aging in ways not imagined just a few years ago. MOUTH MATTERS is the first book that describes how your oral health affects your heart, blood vessels, lungs, bones, and kidneys. It reviews how gum disease can influence diabetes and pregnancy outcomes, or cause the rejection of artificial joints. It introduces oral cancer risks and jaw-joint/clenching problems. And of course it explains many people¿s biggest fear ¿ how teeth are lost without pain or any other noticeable symptoms until the end stages of the disease that leads to their loss. MOUTH MATTERS also tells you what you can do about it. If you want to live a long and vibrant life in our disease-ridden western society, you need to learn the vital strategies that control inflammation. The seeds for inflammation are sown decades before chronic inflammation expresses as disease. If you already suffer chronic inflammation, what you learn in these pages will help you douse the inflammatory fires. Educating yourself means you welcome the opportunity to take control of your health and the health of your family. Learn how to naturally strengthen your own body systems so you can resist disease, rather than create it!