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CDC study links oral infections with serious diseases

from Killeen Daily Herald

Bad breath isn't the only side effect of poor dental hygiene. Recent studies are linking oral infections with diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and premature and low-weight births, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While further research is under way to examine some of these connections, much already is known about the link between gum infections and heart problems, said Dr. John Erwin III, a cardiologist with Scott & White Healthcare. "We've had suspicions for a number of years, but studies over the last 10 years have found that out to be true," he said. "Some studies indicate people with poor dental hygiene double their risk for heart disease." more

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