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Plaque on your teeth can create gum disease, plaque in your arteries can kill you

from Reader's Digest

When people think of ‘plaque’, they often think of the soft, sticky substance that builds up on teeth which can cause cavities and gum disease. However, there is another kind of plaque found in the arteries, which is made up of fat, cholesterol and other substances found in the blood. While dental plaque is bad enough, plaque in the arteries can lead to serious problems or kill you. Plaque in the arteries accumulates over time and is called atherosclerosis, more commonly referred to as heart disease. Arteries are the blood vessels that carry oxygen-rich blood to your heart and other parts of your body, including the brain. more

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