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Teeth/Gums

Gum Disease Linked to Ulcer-Causing Bacteria

Sat Nov 9, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People with gum disease are more likely than those with healthy gums to be infected with Helicobacter pylori, the bacteria that cause stomach ulcers, researchers report.

The finding could shed light on how the bacteria are spread from person to person, a mode of transmission that is still a bit of a mystery. While about one third of the US population--and even higher percentages of the population in other countries--is infected with the H. pylori, how the bacteria spread is unknown.

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