The Link Between Genetics and Periodontitis

Category: Gum Disease

The Link Between Genetics and Periodontitis

According to the World Health Organization, more than 3.5 billion people suffer from dental diseases. Periodontitis, or severe gum disease, affects nearly 10% of the world’s population. Diet, tobacco use, and the harmful use of alcohol play a role in many of these cases. However, one recent study points to genetic factors playing a critical

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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

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Researchers may be one step closer to establishing a link between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease (CVD) – the number one cause of death worldwide. These investigators report that older adults who have higher proportions of four periodontal-disease-causing bacteria inhabiting their mouths also tend to have thicker carotid arteries, a strong predictor of stroke and

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