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Title The Link Between Periodontal Disease And Coronary Heart Disease
Clinical Question Is a patient with established periodontal disease at greater risk for coronary heart disease than a patient without periodontal disease?
Clinical Bottom Line Periodontal disease appears to be a risk factor or marker for CHD that is independent of traditional CHD risk factors, including socioeconomic status. Further research in this important area of public health is warranted. (See Comments on the CAT below)
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PubMed ID Author / Year Patient Group Study type
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#1) 18807098Humphrey/2008men and women with periodontal diseaseSystematic Review/Meta-analysis
Key resultsSeveral studies found periodontal disease to be independently associated with increased risk of CHD. Summary relative risk estimates for different categories of periodontal disease (including periodontitis, tooth loss, gingivitis, and bone loss) ranged from 1.24 (95% CI 1.01–1.51) to 1.34 (95% CI 1.10–1.63). Risk estimates were similar in subgroup analyses by gender, outcome, study quality, and method of periodontal disease assessment. Significant heterogeneity was detected across studies (P=0.04) and incorporated into the combined estimate based on the random effects approach.
Evidence Search Search “Coronary Heart Disease"[Mesh] Search "Periodontal Disease"[Mesh] Search Coronary Heart Disease"[Mesh] AND Search "Periodontal Disease"[Mesh] Limits: Meta-Analysis
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The Evidence
The article was not a systematic review of randomized control trials. One of the difficulties with the included studies is the highly varied way both periodontal disease and heart disease were measured. For example, edentulism and tooth loss are considered as measures of periodontal disease. However, the article selection criteria included a large number of articles and used a very comprehensive and detailed search to find the most relevant. The article was a meta-analysis and covered seven cohort studies that included a total of 175 to 170,000 men and women with periodontal disease. Each study was assessed for validity.
Applicability The meta-analysis evaluated a very important topic facing dentistry and is applicable in a dental practice. Periodontal disease is very prevalent in the US and understanding if there is a link between it and coronary heart diseases could help promote the prevention of both.
Specialty/Discipline (General Dentistry) (Periodontics) (Dental Hygiene)
Keywords Periodontal Disease, Coronary Heart Disease
ID# 778
Date of submission: 03/17/2011spacer
E-mail crossland@livemail.uthscsa.edu
Author Cassie Allison
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Faculty mentor/Co-author Thomas Oates, DMD, PhD
Faculty mentor/Co-author e-mail OATES@uthscsa.edu
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by Brad DeGroot (San Antonio, TX) on 07/09/2012
While searching PubMed regarding this topic in July 2012, I found a more recent article, published in both the American Journal of Cardiology and the Journal of Periodontology (PMID: 19576322). It reviews the current literature and comes to the conclusion that while periodontitis and CHD risk are often related, periodontitis is a weak risk factor for CHD. More studies need to be done to determine a definitive mechanism and relationship between the two diseases.

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