More direct evidence has been uncovered that preventing gum disease can help people avoid cardiovascular problems.

Previous studies have suggested a relationship between gum disease and cardiovascular disease, but they have typically relied on such indirect markers of gum disease as tooth loss.

A new study has looked at the microbiology of periodontal infection and positively connected it to atherosclerosis, linked with heart attack and stroke.

“Because gum infections are preventable and treatable, taking care of your oral health could very well have a significant impact on your cardiovascular health,” says Moise Desvarieux of Columbia University Medical Center in New York City.

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