Experts from the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) and the World Heart Federation (WHF) met in Madrid last month at a joint Perio and Cardio workshop. The purpose of this was to study the evidence linking cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) and periodontitis and upon consensus, prepare joint recommendations for both health professionals and patients.
Four key areas were discussed:
Epidemiological evidence linking periodontitis and CVDs;
Biological mechanisms for the increased risk of atherosclerosis in patients with periodontitis;
The effect of periodontal treatment on the risk of atherosclerosis;
The potential cardiovascular risks of oral interventions.
Dr Alvaro Marco Del Castillo, WHF Chair of Working Group 1, explained: “Cardiologists should be aware of the connection between gum disease and heart disease and encourage their patients to be screened for periodontitis and pursue good oral hygiene because it will improve cardiovascular outcomes.”
Essentially, it was agreed that good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist can support cardiovascular health.
Don’t forget to keep your regular dental appointments.