Monday, February 28, 2011

Healthy smile linked to healthy heart


Health People with periodontal disease whose biomarkers showed increased bacterial exposure are more likely to develop coronary heart disease, a U.S. review says.Researchers at Howard University in Washington identified 11 studies that had previously examined clinically-diagnosed periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease.

The findings, published in the Journal of Periodontology, suggests that periodontal patients whose bodies show evidence of a reaction to the bacteria associated with periodontitis may have an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

"While more research is needed to better understand the connection between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease, this study suggests the importance of taking care of your teeth and gums and how that can help you take care of your heart," Susan Karabin, president of the American Academy of Periodontology, said in a statement.

"With the number of people with heart disease continuing to increase, it is important to understand that simple activities like brushing and flossing twice a day, and regular visits to your dental professional can help lower your risk of other health conditions."

February 29, 2008

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