A series of consensus reports recently published by the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) and the American Academy helps define the association between periodontal health and systemic conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and adverse pregnancy complications.
As a periodontist in Philadelphia, I am continually trying to better understand the relationship between periodontal disease and other diseases, allowing me to help my patients improve both their periodontal and systemic health.
These reports cover the links between periodontal disease and the following systemic diseases:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Adverse pregnancy outcomes
- Chronic kidney disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Cognitive impairment
- Metabolic syndrome
The reports can be viewed here: http://www.joponline.org/toc/jop/84/4-s
These exciting advancements further stress the importance of maintaining oral health and allow us to help individuals increase overall health when treating periodontal disease.
To discuss these advancements further, or to see if treating your periodontal disease could improve your overall health, please contact our Philadelphia dental office.