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We already know the importance of a healthy mouth and teeth to prevent tooth decay and avoid gum inflammation.
The American researchers showed that the damage done by bacteria is not mainly in the mouth, but spreads throughout the body, deteriorating artery walls. The study, carried out over 3 years on 420 people with an average age of 68, showed a close link between the quantity of bacteria in dental plaque and the course of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), which causes many cardiovascular diseases.
For further information on this study, please contact Olivier Meilhac, research director Inserm (Bichat University Hospital).