Does a great smile reveal a healthy heart?
Your mouth may give clues to your overall health. Inflammation linked with gum disease, for example, may play a role in heart disease. Treating gum disease, however, may not lower heart risks. While some research has found that oral bacteria and the inflammation from periodontitis may contribute to cardiovascular disease, the American Heart Association reported that there's no proof that preventing periodontitis can prevent heart disease or that treating gum disease can decrease the chances of getting atherosclerosis.
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