Cardiovascular Disease

Posted: May 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

An American Heart Association expert panel has concluded that gum disease is has not been demonstrated to be a factor in causing cardiovascular disease and treating gum disease does not appear to prevent or influence the course of atherosclerotic vascular disease. A link between the two disorders has been proposed for more than a century, and patients and providers have been increasingly presented with claims that gum treatment strategies offer cardiovascular protection. Both disorders share several common risk factors (cigarette smoking, age, and diabetes mellitus) but the most likely reason they are found together is that people who have good oral hygiene also tend to have a healthy lifestyle that helps protect against cardiovascular disease. [Source: Journal of the American Heart Assn article 18 Apr 2012 ++]


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