Study: Periodontal Care May Help to Prevent Heart Attack Complications

A new study from the University of Michigan has found that people who receive periodontal care (also known as gum disease treatment) have better outcomes after a heart attack.
The study found that people who had heart attacks and received periodontal maintenance care had the shortest length of stay in the hospital and more follow-up visits. People who did not receive any dental care had the longest length of stay in the hospital.
The study also found that people who received periodontal care were more likely to have post-hospital visits.
The study did not establish a causal relationship between periodontal disease and heart disease, but it does add weight to the understanding that there is an association between oral health and overall health.

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