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One Woman's Confession: What I Didn't Know about Gum Disease

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In addition to writing about cancer-related issues for EmpowHER, her work has been seen in publications internationally.


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Gum disease joins hot flashes and PMS associated with women’s hormones

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Reviewed July 29, 2013
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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I had to get full dentures because of this disease (at around 57) so there are definite consequences. I'm comfortable with them now (at 65), but there were many years of pain, embarassment and a lot of money. Good article...thank you!

August 7, 2013 - 2:28pm

Good to see some first person dental education. Periodontal disease takes time to develop and once it progresses to periodontitis it can get very difficult to get under control.

July 29, 2013 - 9:29pm
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