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4 Your Health: Healthy teeth a matter of life and death and heroin use on the rise

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Tucson- Heroin use has soared over the past decade, especially among white Americans.

That is according to data from two national surveys of nearly 80 thousand people. Heroin use more than quadrupled between 2001 and 2013, reaching over one and a half percent.

The increase was higher among whites than any other race. And the number of people who abused prescription opioids before using heroin also increased but only among whites.

Poor dental health may affect older women's risk of early death

Scientists at the University of Buffalo found women over 55, with a history of gum disease, were 12 percent more likely to die from any cause regardless of how often they went to the dentist.

Women who lost all of their natural teeth also had a 17 percent higher risk of death.

It's not clear if improving women's poor dental health would eliminate those risks.

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