Monday, December 1, 2008

Your Smile May Offer Heart and Head Health Clues

The Tampa Tribune

Published: November 29, 2008

Researchers think the way to a healthy heart and brain might be through your gums and teeth.

Evidence suggests that the healthier they are, the stronger and less disease-prone the heart is. Gum disease might be an early warning, with poor oral health linked to diabetes, kidney disease, preterm labor, osteoporosis, Alzheimer's disease, dementia, and cancer.

"A lot of research studies are coming out that seem to suggest some possible link or associations" between oral infection and systemic disorders, says Sally Cram, a periodontist and consumer adviser for the American Dental Association.

Several recent studies show a startling correlation between gum health and atherosclerosis, a condition underlying much heart disease: The worse a person's gum disease, the narrower that person's arteries as a result of a buildup of plaque.

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