Heart disease: How a simple mouth rinse may detect risk

Evan Walker
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  • Researchers report that a simple mouth rinse that checks white blood cell levels may be helpful in predicting heart disease.
  • They say the rinse can detect gum inflammation that can lead to periodontitis, a condition linked to cardiovascular disease.
  • Experts say you can lower your risk of gum disease by not smoking as well as brushing and flossing your teeth regularly.

A simple oral rinse to check levels of white blood cells might be able to predict the risk heart disease, according to a study published today in the journal Frontiers of Oral Health.

Gum inflammation can lead to periodontitis, which is linked to heart disease.

The researchers evaluated younger adults without diagnosed periodontal problems to determine if lower levels of oral inflammation can be clinically relevant to cardiovascular health.

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