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Periodontal Disease Linked to Cardiovascular Disease

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012



Periodontal Disease Linked to Cardiovascular Disease


Adairsville, GA – August 7, 2012 – A scientific statement recently published by the American Heart Association (AHA) concludes that observational studies support an association between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease, independent of shared risk factors. However, some media reports surrounding the statement’s publication have inaccurately classified the relationship as insignificant and suggested that there is no scientific evidence to support a link between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease.


While current research does not yet provide evidence of a causal relationship between the two diseases, scientists have identified certain factors, such as chronic inflammation, that independently link periodontal disease to the development or progression of cardiovascular disease in some patients.


The lack of causal evidence should not diminish concern about the impact of periodontal status on cardiovascular health. According to Leroy B. Alford DDS, “As the AHA statement points out, the association between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease is real and independent of shared risk factors. Patients and healthcare providers should not ignore the increased risk of heart disease associated with gum disease just because we do not have all the answers yet.”


Dr. Alford encourages physicians and dentists to communicate the association between cardiovascular disease and periodontal disease to patients. “Patients should be aware that by maintaining periodontal health, they are helping to reduce harmful inflammation in the body, which has been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.”


Patients should expect to receive a comprehensive periodontal evaluation from their dental professional at least once a year, adds Dr. Alford. This includes a detailed examination of the teeth and gums, and an assessment of risk factors such as smoking, age, and overall health status. In addition, patients diagnosed with periodontal disease should be sure to inform their general health care provider and/or cardiologist to encourage better integration of their care.


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Local Periodontist Says You Should Make Every Effort to Save Your Natural Teeth

Thursday, October 6th, 2011


Local Periodontist Says You Should Make Every Effort to Save Your Natural Teeth

Adairsville, GA – 10/6/2011 – Despite the increasing popularity and incidence of dental implants, Leroy B Alford DDS, a practicing periodontist and Life Member and Diplomate of the the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) says when faced with tooth loss as a result of periodontal disease, every effort should be made to save your natural teeth.

Dr. Alford stresses the importance of considering all periodontal treatment options, especially when it comes to invasive procedures such as tooth extraction and dental implant placement.

“There is a widespread misconception that extraction along with implant placement is quicker and more convenient than undergoing routine periodontal therapy that can actually save a patient’s natural teeth,” explains Dr. Alford.

Traditional periodontal treatment, including non-surgical and surgical techniques, has high success rates. It has also been shown that periodontal procedures such as implant placement, when not followed by good professional and at-home care, will often fail.

“Implants are not a no-maintenance alternative to natural teeth,” says Dr. Alford. “Many people don’t realize that dental implants, like natural teeth, require regular oral hygiene like tooth brushing, flossing and routine check-ups to prevent implant failure.”

Natural tooth preservation is now more attainable than in the past. For example, recent scientific advances in regeneration have made restoring lost gum and bone tissue more predictable.

However, if a natural tooth cannot be saved, dental implants do provide a useful solution. “Dental implants are able to restore the function and aesthetics lost when a tooth is deemed hopeless,” says Dr. Alford. “With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.”

Dr. Alford encourages patients to discuss all treatment options with his or her dental professional. “When a tooth may be lost due to periodontal disease, it is crucial that a clinically-proven approach is taken. Your dentist or periodontist should work with you to determine the best possible course of treatment for your particular case.”

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About the AAP:

The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) is the professional organization for periodontists—specialists in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases affecting the gums and supporting structures of the teeth, and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontists are also dentistry’s experts in the treatment of oral inflammation. They receive three additional years of specialized training following dental school, and periodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. The AAP has 8,400 members worldwide.