The debate over poor oral health as a possible cause of heart disease has been raging for many years. A 2012 expert review by the American Heart Association concluded that poor oral health is not yet a proven cause of heart disease and that treating existing gum disease hasn’t yet been proven to reduce the risk of heart disease.
Still, studies do indicate some connection between oral health and heart disease, although more research is needed to understand the link. Here are the key findings of such studies:
While the current evidence shows that oral health is not critical to heart disease prevention, dental health experts stress the importance of taking care of your teeth and gums by following these tips:
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