• Junk food and poor oral health increase risk of premature heart disease

    The association between poor oral health and increased risk of cardiovascular disease should make the reduction of sugars such as those in junk food, particularly fizzy drinks, an important health policy target, say experts writing in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.

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  • HIV infection is a risk factor for periodontal disease

    People infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) have an increased risk of gum disease, according to a new study in the journal BMC Oral Health.
    This may be related to their weakened immune systems and a lack of dental care, the study found.

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  • Steroid users at risk for gum disease

    Bodybuilders who use anabolic steroids are much more likely than other men to have severe gum disease, according to a study published in the journal Clinical and Oral Investigations. The study was done in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and included 92 male bodybuilders.

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