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Women with gum disease are 14 per­cent more likely than oth­ers to de­velop can­cer, in­clud­ing breast can­cer, the jour­nal Can­cer Epi­demi­ol­ogy, Biomark­ers & Preven­tion re­ports. Bac­te­ria in the saliva can travel through­out the body and cause in­flam­ma­tion, which may play a role in the in­creased risk. Keep up your daily brush-floss drill, and con­sider adding green tea to your sip list. The tea’s an­tiox­i­dant cat­e­chins may help re­duce in­flam­ma­tion and lower the risk of gum disease, other re­search shows.

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