The Checkup: Experts Refute Gum Disease/Heart Disease Link

Forget what your dentist told you—a panel of experts convened by the American Heart Association says there's no proof of a link between gum disease and heart disease.

• In all honesty, it kind of makes sense that diseased gums, which allow bacteria to get into the blood stream, could cause heart problems. But an expert panel of cardiologists, dentists and infectious disease specialists—convened at the behest of the American Heart Association—say current data shows now relationship between the gum disease and heart disease, casting doubt on a long-held belief that the former causes the latter. There’s more: They also say that treating gum disease with flossing and brushing does not lower a person’s risk for cardiovascular disease. Dentists everywhere are quick to add that you shouldn’t give up these good habits, however. CBS Philly has more.

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