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Fight against artery-clogging bacteria begins in the mouth

from Tulsa World

Q: Heart disease runs in my family so naturally, I'm worried. A friend told me that brushing your teeth can prevent heart disease. Can this be true?
A: In 2005 researchers at Columbia University Medical Center found that the bacteria that grow in your mouth (promoting the formation of plaque on your pearly whites and causing gum disease) are the exact same germs that contribute to plaque forming in your arteries to cause heart disease. Sounds to me like a darned good reason to brush and floss each day. Earlier this year, researchers in London published a study that lends major support to the recommendation to keep the mouth clear of plaque. The researchers looked at results from the Scottish Health Survey, which collected health data from more than 11,000 men and women, a representative sampling of the general population of Scotland. more

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