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Heart, dental health linked

from News Tribune

Brushing your teeth can ultimately lead to a healthy heart, according to studies that show a strong correlation between periodontal disease and vascular disease. Dr. Bharat Puchakayala said the indirect link is enough reason to start early with good oral care before an infection of the gums could travel through the bloodstream. "Infection triggers the production of inflammatory proteins which circulate in the blood and cause damage to the lining of the blood pipes," he said. "That can lead to strokes and heart attacks." He advises parents start early teaching their children good oral hygiene in order to prevent later risk of periodontal disease. more

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