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Heart attack: How your oral health could increase your risk of the deadly condition

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Gum disease begins when the sticky, bacteria-laden film dentists refer to as plaque builds up around the teeth.

It’s a completely different type of plaque which is made up of fat, cholesterol, calcium and other substances found in blood that can build up inside arteries.

Known as atherosclerosis, this fatty plaque is the hallmark and breeding ground for heart disease and heart attacks.

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