Heart in your mouth

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German researchers have found a genetic link between heart & gum disease. Gum disease (periodontitis) is already associated with heart problems although the reason for the link was not clear. Now the University of Kiel has found a common gene mutation in people with periodontitis and heart attack patients. Both heart disease and gum disease have the same risk factors – smoking, diabetes and obesity. People with gum disease should try to reduce their risk factors as early as possible, to combat both the spread of their gum disease and reduce the risk of heart problems.

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