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Dirty mouth can kill you

from The Orange County Register via The Seattle Times

Chances are you have a dirty mouth, and it could be killing you. The Surgeon General estimates 85 percent of Americans have gum disease — which make it one of the six major risk factors for heart attacks and strokes. Indeed, the plaque in our mouths is the same as the plaque in our arteries, so if you have bleeding gums, that stuff is entering your bloodstream. "Our mouth is the gateway to health," says Daniel L. Sindelar, for 30 years a practicing dentist in the St. Louis area and co-founder of the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health. Sindelar, author of the new book, "Refresh Life," adds, "Our mouths are where our life begins, so don't let it end there." more


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