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Austin, Texas, doctor: Good dental care might prevent heart attack

from Austin American-Statesman

How are your teeth connected to your heart? Dr. Stanley Wang, a lawyer, cardiologist and partner at Austin Heart, has been connecting the dots for some time between good dental hygiene and cardiovascular health. He spoke recently to the Capital Area Dental Society about the latest research on the subject and how he believes dentists can help their patients live longer, healthier lives. "The key word is inflammation," Wang said. He said that research to date indicates that gum disease, cavities and even bacteria from the teeth can activate the immune system, causing chemicals to get into the bloodstream and injure the blood vessels. Theoretically, the damaged blood vessels become blocked, and a person can suffer a heart attack, he said. more

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