Gum Disease Linked With Premature Death In Older Women

April 6, 2017

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There is a lot you can tell about your health by looking at your teeth. Researchers took a look at the health records of 57,000 women over the age of 55 and found that your oral hygiene can be an indicator of your overall health.  They found older women with a history of periodontal disease, which is a gum infection, have a 12% higher risk of premature death then those without gum disease.  Similarly, women who experienced complete loss of natural teeth were 17% more likely to die early. Researchers are calling for more oral health screenings as a preventive measure for better health.

SOURCE: Eureka Alert!

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