Comment 72745

By mystoneycreek (registered) - website | Posted January 05, 2012 at 12:03:35 in reply to Comment 72744

Not only are "bad teeth" often a consequence of being poor (often quite a serious one), but they've also taken on additional risks because of what they show about your 'background'.

Not just that: 'bad teeth' are a routeway to cardiac problems; gum and tooth infections can allow bacteria into the bloodstream and therefore allow poisons into the heart. My mom had to have a bad tooth out to prevent this from exacerbating her situation, but chances are that her need for a valve replacement was precipitated by an earlier tooth problem.

So if we're looking at increased morbidity and mortality rates amongst the poor, it behooves us to consider dental care a lot more pro-actively.

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