Germy mouth may boost heart attack risk

April 1, 2009 1:32:16 PM PDT
The amount of bacteria in a person's mouth might indicate an increased risk of a heart attack. Doctors at the University of Buffalo compared the oral germ counts of nearly 400 heart attack victims against 800 people with no history or sign of heart trouble. The oral bacteria counts were much higher among the subjects who'd had heart attacks.

The study's authors say the total number of mouth germs is a more important determining factor for heart disease than the presence of any single germ.

The findings were presented at the International Association of Dental Research meetings in Miami.