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Spike in heart disease, gum disease causes alarm

from Clay Today

An Orange Park, Fla., dentist is concerned about the spike in cases involving periodontal disease. Commonly referred to as gum disease, studies by the American Dental Association have revealed gum disease has been linked to major health problems such as diabetes, heart attack, stroke, osteoporosis and premature and underweight babies. "Periodontal disease is contagious," said Dr. Betty Klement, who served as chair of the Florida Board of Dentistry in 2008. "If you eat or kiss someone with gum disease, the bacteria can be transferred. We have noticed that if a husband has gum disease, there is a higher tendency the wife will too." more

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