What does your mouth have to say about your health?
from CBS News
Cardiologists might not check your teeth and gums, but maybe they should start. Mounting evidence suggests a quick peek in the mouth may reveal a whole lot about your general health. The lips, mouth, teeth, and breath can signal medical problems and diseases beyond the plaque, gum disease and gingivitis diagnosed in the dentist's chair. Plaque buildup between teeth due to lax brushing and flossing is very different from plaque that builds up in arteries and causes heart attacks — but the toxins in mouth plaque stimulate a chronic inflammatory response linked to diseases like heart disease.
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