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How can good oral hygiene lower your risk of heart disease?

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Chronic inflammation from gum disease has been associated with the development of cardiovascular problems such as heart disease, blockages of blood vessels, and strokes.

Experts stop short of saying there is a cause-and-effect between gum disease and these other serious health problems, but the link has shown up in numerous studies.

SOURCES: 

Sally Cram, DDS, periodontist, Washington, D.C., and consumer advisor, America Dental Association. 

National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition.  

American Academy of Periodontology.

American Academy of Periodontology: "Gum Disease and Diabetes."

American Dental Association: "Healthy mouth, healthy body."

Noble, J. , May 5, 2009, online. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry

El-Solh, A. November 2004. Chest,

Smolik, I. May 2009. Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry,

Offenbacher, S. October 1996. Journal of Periodontology,

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on July 31, 2017

SOURCES: 

Sally Cram, DDS, periodontist, Washington, D.C., and consumer advisor, America Dental Association. 

National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition.  

American Academy of Periodontology.

American Academy of Periodontology: "Gum Disease and Diabetes."

American Dental Association: "Healthy mouth, healthy body."

Noble, J. , May 5, 2009, online. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry

El-Solh, A. November 2004. Chest,

Smolik, I. May 2009. Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry,

Offenbacher, S. October 1996. Journal of Periodontology,

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on July 31, 2017

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