Harvard Heart Letter

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Deepak Bhatt, MD How could gum disease affect the heart? Q. I have mild gum disease and recently heard that this might increase my risk of heart disease. How? A. Gum disease begins when sticky, bacteria-laden plaque builds up around the teeth. Mild gum disease, also known as gingivitis, usually improves with twice-daily toothbrushing and flossing. Dentists also recommend cleanings two times a year by a dentist or…

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