Another good reason to take good care of your teeth and gums:

Gum disease is linked to a higher risk of cancer, according to a recent study of nearly 7,500 older adults. In a study, those with severe gum disease were found to have a 24 percent higher risk of developing cancer of any type over 15 years, compared with those with no or mild gum disease. In nonsmokers, severe gum disease more than doubled the odds for lung cancer and doubled the odds of colorectal cancer.

Researchers are not yet clear on why.

Source: Consumer Reports on Health May 2018

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