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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Implications for Pharmacists

Pharmacists may see patients who do not regularly seek routine dental care. It is important to stress to these patients that their risk appears to extend beyond the relatively minor problems such as caries, gingivitis, periodontitis, and tooth loss. According to many researchers, periodontitis may be a significant risk factor for several types of CVD, with the potential of reducing the quality of life or shortening it appreciably. Proper attention to oral health can perhaps reduce the risk of early disability and/or death.

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