Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Fighting the World's Leading Killer with a Toothbrush

Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Fighting the World's Leading Killer with a Toothbrush

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A surprising link exists between gum disease and heart disease, the leading cause of death worldwide. Researchers have found that people with gum disease are almost twice as likely to have cardiovascular disease than people without gum disease. The good news is this link to gum disease helps dentists identify patients who may need a cardiovascular screening.

According to the American Heart Association, more than a million people in the United States have heart attacks each year, and over half of them do not survive. Nearly two-thirds of those who have first heart attacks have no history of chest pain. Many do not have the common risk factors such as smoking, obesity, and high cholesterol. Surprisingly, a simple dental check-up may have set them on the path to evaluation and treatment early enough to save their lives.

Keith Libou, D.D.S., Director for Gentle Dental of Pennsylvania, says:

"Many men and women may not be aware that they are at risk for heart problems. …

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