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J Calif Dent Assoc. 2009 Nov;37(11):773-7.

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

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Department of Basic Sciences and Craniofacial Biology, New York University College of Dentistry, New York, NY 10010, USA.


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.

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