Periodontitis An Antisocial Disease? Anger, Isolation Raise Risk Of Gum Deterioration, Study Finds

Social hermits and people who are constantly angry have an increased risk of gum disease. Believe it or not, that's what a Harvard University study in the December issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association found. The study of 523 male health professionals found men who are angry on a daily basis had a 43 percent greater risk of developing periodontitis than those who were seldomly angry. It also found men who have at least one close friend had a 30 percent lower risk of developing gum disease than men who did not have a close friend.

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