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Association between COPD and gum disease

from About.com

Today, brushing and flossing those pearly whites never has been more important. Why? Although more data is needed to support these findings, research suggests that there is an association between gum disease and COPD. Scientists at the University of New York in Buffalo analyzed both the oral and lung health of nearly 14,000 participants from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. They discovered that patients who had a history of COPD had more periodontal attachment loss than did patients who did not have COPD. More specifically, they found that patients who had a mean attachment loss of 3 millimeters or greater were at a higher risk of developing COPD than were patients whose mean attachment loss was less than 3 millimeters. more


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