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Oral Health Tip
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If you’re one of 62 million Americans suffering from some form of cardiovascular disease or 16 million with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), you might want to check your teeth. Patients with periodontal disease carry a 1.5-2.0 times greater risk of incurring fatal cardiovascular disease and a 1.5 times greater risk of COPD.

With over 300 species of bacteria rapidly growing in the human mouth, the body’s immune system is constantly being taxed fighting periodontal disease—making it more difficult to fight off infections elsewhere. Also, some of those bacteria may be inhaled into the lungs, causing respiratory problems, or can trigger blood clots, which contribute to heart attack or stroke.

Oral health is critical to total health. Keep your teeth clean.

American Academy of Periodontology

Reprinted with permission from Vibrant Life, November/December 2004. Copyright © 2015 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines.

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