Destructive periodontal diseases, systemic inflammation, and atherosclerotic complications: the emerging role of the dental profession.

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Abstract

An emerging body of evidence has associated moderate to severe periodontitis with atherosclerotic complications. The contribution of periodontitis to systemic inflammation may account for this association in view of the pivotal role inflammation plays in atherosclerotic complications. Periodontal therapy has been shown to decrease systemic inflammation and to improve early atherosclerotic events; however, to date, periodontal therapy has not been shown to decrease subsequent atherosclerotic complications although aggressive treatment in at-risk populations appears warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)773-777
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the California Dental Association
Volume37
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)

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