Periodontal disease and heart disease have been linked together in several studies over the years, and investigators continue to debate the exact nature of this relationship. At present, there is consensus among researchers that periodontal disease and cardiovascular (CDV) disease are multifactorial conditions, and such patients share common risk factors that must be monitored and managed by healthcare providers and dental professionals.
While a cause-and-effect relationship has not yet been proven, research has indicated that periodontal disease increases the risk of heart disease. Scientists believe that inflammation caused by periodontal disease may be responsible for the association. Periodontal disease can also exacerbate existing heart conditions.1
In this virtual training event, the learning objectives will focus on current theories explaining the mechanism by which periodontal disease impacts cardiovascular health and present the following:
- Outline patient demographics and population affected by periodontal disease and CDV
- Role of inflammation in CDV and pro-inflammatory mediators
- The relationship between periodontal ligament attachment loss and risk for myocardial infarction
- Professional treatment (i.e., periodontal therapy) that may be plausible for preventing the onset or delaying the progression of CDV
- Importance of OHI and managing the patient’s individual risk factors
- Interacting with other members of the patient’s healthcare team
- Gum Disease and Heart Disease | Perio.org. https://www.perio.org/consumer/gum-disease-and-heart-disease. Accessed August 21, 2017.