Gum disease bacteria may cause heart disease

The same bacteria that cause gum disease also promotes heart disease — a discovery that could change the way heart disease is diagnosed and treated. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the North America. Gum disease affects 46 percent of the U.S. population and is caused by bacteria that grow on the teeth under the gums. Although doctors know that patients with gum disease are at higher risk for heart disease, gum disease isn’t viewed as a traditional risk factor for heart disease.

Source: http://feeds.sciencedaily.com/~r/sciencedaily/health_medicine/dentistry/~3/WksFpbfElD4/140518164339.htm

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