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Do people without teeth have a higher risk for heart problems?

Some research suggests that people who are missing all their teeth (called "edentulous") appear to have a higher risk of heart problems than people with periodontal disease. This may be explained because people who are missing all their teeth are more likely to have diabetes and not exercise, which increases the risk for heart disease, and may have had periodontal disease in the past.

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