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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of the California Dental Association|
|State||Published - Nov 2009|
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