ANSWERS: 4
  • Yes, there is a link.
  • Brushing and flossing are effective means of preventing periodontal disease and heart disease, but diabetes can counteract these efforts. Diabetes, which kills more people annually than breast cancer and AIDS, can weaken your mouth’s ability to fight germs, increase blood sugar levels, and make periodontal disease more difficult to control.+6
  • Forgetting to floss can lead to gingivitus (also known as gum disease). Gum disease causes heart disease.
  • Indirectly. Any infection can accelerate a heart problem.

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