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Study: Periodontitis can worsen lung condition

New research reveals that poor oral hygiene aggravates chronic obstructive pulmonary disease — more commonly known by its acronym, COPD. 

The study shows how periodontitis activates immune cells linked with aggravated progression of COPD, suggesting that periodontitis and COPD together worsen COPD. 

The study points to gum disease management as a potential treatment for COPD, though more research is warranted.

COPD is the sixth-leading cause of death worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. 

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