Severe Gum Disease May Increase Risk Of Death In Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease.

HealthDay (2/18, Preidt) reports that research published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology suggests “severe gum disease increases the risk of death in chronic kidney disease patients.” Investigators looked at data on approximately “13,700 Americans who took part in a federal government health survey.” The data indicated that “the 10-year death rate among chronic kidney disease patients was 41 percent for those with severe gum disease, compared with 32 percent for those without severe gum disease.”