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Periodontal Disease and Heart Disease: Is There a Link?

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Probably the first week I started working for a dental journal way back in 1997, I learned that there was ongoing research showing a link between these two diseases. Not only that, but also links between gum disease and diabetes and low birth weight babies. Based on what I read, and common sense, it all seemed logical to me.

I'm not a dental professional, so my insights on this subject are somewhat tenuous. With that said, I would love to hear from all of you dentists and hygienists out there. What do you think of this news? Does it change anything about the way you practice your profession? Do you think you'll start hearing from patients on this topic? How will you address their questions?

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