The connection between periodontal disease and other diseases in the body has been explored throughout the dental literature over the last several decades. Bacteria present in periodontal disease were once thought to play a cause-and-effect role in systemic disease, yet emerging research has instead attributed this link to inflammation.
As a consequence, dental professionals aim to control inflammation in order to help with the management of other chronic inflammatory conditions (e.g., diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke). This will be traced in subsequent events in our upcoming virtual training event series that focuses on periodontal disease and its systemic conditions and relationship to other severe diseases.
Other key topics that will be explored in this webinar include:
- Etiology and prevalence of periodontal disease
- The role of biofilms, bacteria, and bacterial byproducts
- Understanding the body’s inflammatory process
- Potential pathways (e.g., bacteremia, provocation of an autoimmune response, and aspiration/ingestion of oral contents) affecting oral-systemic health
- Overview of impact on heart health, respiratory disease, diabetes, stroke, and similar.
- Clinical management and the importance of oral health instruction (OHI) for the at-risk patient