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Compendium. 1994 Aug;15(8):976, 978-82, 985-6 passim; quiz 992.

Periodontal disease as a risk factor for heart disease.

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School of Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Abstract

Many individuals with cardiovascular disease appear from epidemiologic studies to have either periodontal disease or to be edentulous. A Finnish group has provided evidence that after conventional risk factors for stroke and heart attacks have been accounted for, there still remains a significant relationship between dental disease and cardiovascular disease. A preliminary analysis of our own investigation of the interrelationship of medical and dental health shows that individuals with a high dental morbidity (ie, edentulous or with many missing teeth) have a high prevalence of coronary heart disease and stroke. A model based on how smoking can predispose to periodontal disease is used to explain how periodontal disease could be a potential risk factor for heart disease.

PMID:
7741856
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