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Study: Obesity associated with gum disease risk

from The Huffington Post

Your waistline could have an effect on your oral health, a new review of studies suggests. Research published in the journal General Dentistry shows an association between obesity and gum disease (also known as periodontitis), though whether one causes the other — or vice versa — has yet to be determined. But researchers do think that a possible reason for this association is that "obese individuals' bodies relentlessly produce cytokines, proteins with inflammatory properties," study researcher Dr. Charlene Krejci, who is an associate clinical professor in periodontics at Case Western Reserve University, said in a statement. more

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