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Letters Gums and heart disease

Healthy gums, healthy heart?

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 13 July 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c3710
  1. C Albert Yeung, consultant in dental public health1
  1. 1NHS Lanarkshire, Hamilton ML3 0TA
  1. albert.yeung{at}

    It is hard to know from de Oliveira and colleagues’ national survey whether lack of toothbrushing causes cardiovascular disease.1 Brushing regularly may reduce the inflammation caused by periodontal disease, or people who do not brush their teeth take less care of themselves in other ways.

    Although a 70% increased risk sounds quite …

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