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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Periodontal Disease Puts Elderly at Risk for Kidney Problems

Older adults with more gum inflammation are at risk for kidney problems, Japanese researchers say.
The study included 317 people. They were all 75 years old. At the start of the study, each person had an oral exam. The researchers calculated how much of each person's gum tissue was inflamed.

People with periodontal disease have inflammation of the gums. This is the body's reaction to bacteria in the plaque that builds up on teeth below the gum line.

The people were followed for 2 years. During that time, 45 of them developed kidney problems.

Full article at: http://www.simplestepsdental.com/SS/ihtSS/r.WSIHW000/st.32571/t.32571/pr.3/d.dmtNewsContent/c.1415718.html

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