Periodontitis and CVD: What Is the Link?

W. Steven Pray; Joshua J. Pray


US Pharmacist. 2005;30(2):16-22. 

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Prevalence and Epidemiology of Periodontitis

Unfortunately, periodontitis is extremely common, occurring in an estimated 35% of U.S. residents ages 30 and older.[2] Approximately 63% have a mild form, while the remaining 37% have moderate to severe periodontitis. Periodontal disease is also the leading cause of tooth loss for those older than 40.3 Risk factors for periodontitis are dental plaque, which contains microorganisms, diabetes mellitus, smoking, and possibly stress.


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