Periodontitis and CVD: What Is the Link?

W. Steven Pray; Joshua J. Pray

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US Pharmacist. 2005;30(2):16-22. 

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Does Poor Oral Health Cause Peripheral Arterial Disease?

Atherosclerosis causes peripheral arterial disease (PAD) of the legs, in the same manner as it leads to CHD and stroke. Investigators realized that a hypothesized periodontal link to the latter two would naturally lead to the conclusion that periodontitis would also increase the risk of PAD. One group followed 45,136 health professionals for 12 years to determine if such a relationship was present.[13] Indeed, they discovered that tooth loss carried a significant risk for PAD, especially when the loss was due to periodontal disease.

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