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Research: Oral health affects risk for heart disease, stroke

from Los Angeles Times

It's not just the desire for a picture-perfect smile that's driving people to the dentist and orthodontist these days. Dr. Heather Stamm, a Denver dentist, says that more of her patients are coming in for checkups because of health concerns. "There's been so much research showing that the mouth can cause so many other things in your body to go awry, so it's all kind of tied together," Stamm says. Though the research is still in its early stages, there is mounting evidence of a link between gum disease and overall health, including an increased risk for heart disease, stroke, and maybe even pre-term birth. "The links are still not enormously strong," says Dr. Paul Reggiardo, a pediatric dentist in Huntington Beach, Calif. "What they are right now are tantalizing." more

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