Facts about periodontal health that could affect your children
February 12, 2009 at 2:05 PM EST - Updated July 1 at 11:50 AM
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There is mounting and strong evidence that periodontal health impacts on the health of the patient.
Chronic infections such as dental infections may more than double the risk of stroke. A study reported at the University of North Carolina showed a 2.6 greater increased risk of heart disease and stroke in people with periodontal disease.
Current research reveals that simmering, painless inflammation in the body is the single most powerful trigger of heart attacks, even worse than high cholesterol. Inflammation may be measured with a simple blood test for CRP (C-Reactive Protein). Diet and exercise and cholesterol lowering drugs (statins) may lower CRP. Doctors believe that inflammation has many possible sources. Possible triggers for elevated CRP levels include smoking, high blood pressure and lingering low level infections such as chronic gum disease. REPORT: NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE. Dr. Paul Ridker, MD Harvard
A study of 48,000 men, more than half dentists, (Health Professionals Study 1986-2002) found that men who had periodontal disease had a 63% higher risk of developing pancreatic cancer than men with healthy gums. Their measures of C-Reactive Protein, a measure of inflammation, were 30% higher than those of men with healthy gums. J of National Cancer Institute 1/07
ORAL CANCER: Estimates of 30,000 cases of oral cancer in the United States next year, resulting in 8,000 to 10,000 deaths. One of the most important parts of an oral health examination is an oral cancer screening. Report on Oral Health in America May 2000; Surgeon General of the United States
Researchers at the Diabetes Institute report study findings that state "after adjusting for age, gender, obesity, and cholesterol levels, diabetics with severe gum disease are TWICE as likely to die from heart disease or kidney failure than those without severe gum disease.
Pregnant women with periodontal inflammation and infection have a 7 times greater risk of having a low birth weight baby and early delivery.