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Does eliminating dental infections lower heart problem risk?

There is no proof that eliminating dental infections can reduce the risk of developing heart problems in the future. This is because taking care of an infection might not impact any underlying risk factors, such as older age, smoking status, cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, and others. But this does not mean that eliminating infection is not important to preserve your gums and teeth. Dentists should aggressively attempt to clear up any infection.

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