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The Dental Connection

There is a connection between your oral and total health.

  • People with diabetes and cardiovascular disease are more vulnerable to oral infections like periodontal disease, often characterized by bleeding gums and bad breath.
  • People with gum disease are now known to be at higher risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
  • Keeping your dental visits regular may help you control your blood glucose.
  • Ask for a PLAC test (The test for Lp_PLA2) – this adds to risk prediction of coronary events.

For optimal overall health, regular dental care is vital.

The EMMC Team


Oral Health and Systemic Involvement – The Connection is Inflammation” 10/5/05. Power Point Presentation (1.25MB)


  1. Triage “The Promise Periodontal Medicine May Hold for Systemic Health” – June 2005 issue
  2. Diabetes Self-Management “Dental Care For Older People”-July/August 2005 issue
  3. Diabetes Self-Management “Guarding Your Dental Health” –Jan/Feb 1998 issue
  1. Journal of Periodontology “Systemic release of endotoxins induced by gentle mastication: association with periodontitis severity.” – Jan 2002
  2. American Journal of Periodontology “Further Evidence of the association between periodontal conditions and coronary artery disease.” – Sep 2004 issue
  3. American Heart Journal “Multiple infections in carotid atherosclerotic plaques” – Nov 1999 issue
  4. Circulation “Periodontal microbiota and carotid intima-media thickness; the Oral Infections and Vascular Disease Epidemiology Study.” - 2005
  5. Stroke “Inflammation and infections as risk factors for ischemic stroke.” – 2003
  6. Cardiovascular Risk “ Periodontal Disease and Risk of Fatal Coronary Heart and Cerebrovascular Diseases.” - 1999


Epidemiological Statistics

1.5 to 4 fold increased risk for heart disease in people with periodontal disease
85% of heart attack patients studied had periodontal disease compared to 29% of people with no heart problems

Microbiological Evidence

55% of atheromas examined contained P. gingivitis or S. sanquis


EMMC Worksheets and Handouts - Vascular Protection, Vitamin D
EMMC Collaboration Sheet
EMMC Diabetes Guidelines

EMMC Hypothyroid Symptoms and Testing
EMMC Osteoporosis Screening and Tips


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