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Wisdom teeth can cause periodontal disease

The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons has published an article stating that, “The presence of visible third molars is associated with elevated levels of periodontitis (gum infection)….which involves adjacent teeth and is progressive and only partially responsive to therapy.” Periodontal bacteria cause gum disease and may travel through the blood stream, resulting in systemic infections associated with the heart, kidneys and other organs. Further studies have found such bacteria in amniotic fluid and are considered a factor in low birth weight infants.