The Perio Link
The Perio Link has been compiled to provide dental professionals and pharmacists with resources on the most up to date evidence relating to the prevention, identification and management of periodontal disease and its relation to other systemic conditions
Oral and Systemic Health
Need more facts about the links between periodontal diseases and general health? Perio Link is an evidence based information portal for oral health professionals and pharmacists to access research updates and current knowledge on how to prevent, identify and manage chronic inflammation and related conditions
Since the 1960s studies have been conducted to investigate the increased occurrence of gum disease and periodontal inflammation reported during pregnancy. The links between periodontal disease and adverse pregnancy outcomes such as low birth weight, pre-term birth and pre-eclampsia have since been confirmed but further clinical studies are needed. In the meantime, preventive advice on diet and oral hygiene remains essential.
Obesity impacts the health of the majority of the world’s population and has been proven to cause a wide ranging negative effect on systemic health, including an increased risk of developing periodontal disease. More specifically, the occurrence of orosomucoid has been identified with the severity of periodontal disease in relation to obesity.
The links between good nutrition and oral health has been proven extensively in clinical research. Good nutrition plays a preventive role in the development of systemic diseases and chronic inflammation, which in turn leads to improved oral health and the prevention of tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss.
Clinical studies show a direct correlation between the severity of periodontal disease and diabetes complications. Here is how dentists can help patients with this condition.
Described as one of the most common infectious diseases in the world, gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is caused by oral bacteria and creates a systemic inflammatory response in the body, and is linked to chronic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.
Hypertension is a chronic medical condition characterised by high blood pressure which is associated with heart disease. Studies have also linked periodontal disease to hypertension, making the health screening of dental patients more crucial
Research has confirmed the association between periodontal disease and heart disease, although causality is yet to be proven. Dentists and health practitioners can still identify high risk patients with the aim of reducing infection and preventing advanced disease.
Several studies provide significant evidence linking periodontal disease and certain cancer, proving the oral health and systemic disease link once again
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