Treating gum disease may lessen the burden of heart disease, diabetes, other conditions
from Harvard Heart Letter
Gum disease — which begins when the sticky, bacteria-laden film known as plaque builds up around your teeth — is closely linked to premature birth, heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic health problems. Now, a report in the August issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds that treating gum disease can lead to better health — as evidenced by lower healthcare costs and fewer hospitalizations — among people with common health conditions.
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