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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Gum Disease/Heart Disease Genetic Link Reported on Fox News

An association between periodontitis (gum disease) and heart disease has been known for several years. An actual genetic link between the two diseases has been suspected, but German scientists say they have now positively identified a shared genetic link between the dental disease periodontitis and heart disease. They reported their findings to the European Society of Human Genetics annual meeting in Vienna, Austria, in June.
The scientists identified a specific genetic variation on chromosome 9, previously shown to be associated with heart attack, that was now seen to be associated with the clinical pictures of both diseases. They advised that patients with periodontitis should try to reduce their risk factors and take preventive measures at an early stage. They reiterated the importance of taking periodontitis seriously and diagnosing and treating as early as possible.
Since most people see their dentist more often than they see a cardiologist, dentistry has, in many cases, become the front line of defense against heart disease. Your dental team at MoreSMILES has long been on top of this trend, and here's how we work to help protect your health:
At MoreSMILES we have included a detailed perio exam as part of our comprehensive examination of all new patients. This means 6 different measurements are taken on every single tooth to determine the depths of pockets between the gums and the tooth. The lower the number of the depth measurement, the healthier the gum tissue. A measurement of 4 or more millimeters requires further attention and possible treatment.
At subsequent periodic check-up visits, we recheck and confirm the perio conditions using an abbreviated method of perio exam, noting any changes that have taken place. Furthermore, we recommend repeating the detailed comprehensive exam for existing patients every three years.

posted by MoreSmiles at 9:42 AM


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