Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Gum disease linked to head and neck cancer

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The health hazards associated with chronic periodontitis (gum disease) extend way beyond the mouth. For years people have been warned that persistent periodontitis can cause heart disease. Now a new study suggests that gum disease may also be a risk factor for cancers of the head and neck.

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Information provided by Dr. Jin Kim, board-certified periodontist