Severe gum disease leads to early death

Results from a small study of oral health in patients with liver cirrhosis were presented at the 2017 International Liver Congress.

Key takeaways:

– In 184 patients with liver cirrhosis, severe periodontitis (gum disease) was associated with higher all-cause mortality, related to complications of cirrhosis

– Bacteria from the gums and teeth can travel to the liver, causing inflammation

– See your dentist regularly for exams and cleanings to prevent gum disease

“Further studies are now required to determine if improving gum care can improve outcomes in patients with liver cirrhosis.”

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