A growing body of evidence shows that people with moderate to severe forms of periodontal disease are at greater risk of heart disease.
The reasons why they are linked are not perfectly clear. But the leading candidate is our body's inflammatory reaction. Inflammation is now recognized as a significant factor in many chronic diseases.
A recent paper jointly published by The American Journal of Cardiology and the Journal of Periodontology recommends those of us with periodontal disease be evaluated and possibly treated to reduce their risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (heart disease).
The experts note that periodontitis affects approximately 50% of American adults, with the severest forms affecting about 15%. The experts conclude that untreated or poorly controlled severe periodontitis may independently increase the risk for heart disease.
Risk factors for periodontitis are similar to those of heart disease, and include smoking, diabetes, genetics, mental anxiety, depression, obesity and physical activity. Life style changes may help reduce both diseases.
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