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Microbes Infect. 2012 May;14(5):411-8. doi: 10.1016/j.micinf.2011.12.004. Epub 2011 Dec 13.

Does a causal relation between cardiovascular disease and periodontitis exist?

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Institute for Inflammation Research, Department of Infectious Medicine and Rheumatology, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen University Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark. dbel@sund.ku.dk

Abstract

Inflammation is believed to play a central part in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis, and much attention has been paid to the possible association between atherosclerosis and other inflammatory diseases. Periodontal disease is a common inflammatory disease affecting up to 50% of the adult population, and during the past two decades much research has focused on a possible association between periodontitis and cardiovascular disease. Here, we review the existing literature on the association between the two diseases.

PMID:
22200601
DOI:
10.1016/j.micinf.2011.12.004
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