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Brushing good for the heart.

Brushing your teeth might do more than simply reduce bad breath and tooth decay. According to a University of Minnesota study, regular brushing might also help prevent blood clots, heart attacks, and strokes. In animal experiments, researchers found that when rabbits were injected with bacteria found in dental plaque, the animals quickly developed heart abnormalities. While not proving a definite connection between proper brushing and heart disease, it certainly can give you one more reason to "brush up" on dental care.
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Title Annotation:Neighborhood Heart Watch
Publication:Medical Update
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:May 1, 2002
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