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Brush and Floss

Healthy mouth, healthy heart and brain, right? Studies show an association between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease. The theory is that gnarly gums breed bacteria that invade the coronary arteries, fostering the development of sticky plaques that block blood flow. But in a recent scientific statement, the American Heart Association cited a lack of conclusive evidence that gum disease causes heart disease or stroke, or that treating a person’s gum disease reduces the risk of those events. Doneen’s advice? “Brush and floss your teeth and see your dentist regularly.”

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