More than just teeth: How oral health can affect the heart

Steven Hopkins, Saivaroon Gajagowni, Yusuf Qadeer, Zhen Wang, Salim S. Virani, Jukka H. Meurman, Roman Leischik, Carl J. Lavie, Markus Strauss, Chayakrit Krittanawong

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Epidemiological evidence has revealed a potential relationship between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Consensus regarding a link between these pathologies remains elusive, however, largely secondary to the considerable overlap between risk factors and comorbidities common to both disease processes. This review article aims to update the evidence for an association by summarizing the evidence for causality between periodontitis and comorbidities linked to CVD, including endocarditis, hypertension (HTN), atrial fibrillation (AF), coronary artery disease (CAD), diabetes mellitus (DM) and hyperlipidemia (HLD). This article additionally discusses the role for periodontal therapy to improved management of the comorbidities, with the larger goal of examining the value of periodontal therapy on reduction of CVD risk. In doing so, we endeavor to further the understanding of the commonality between periodontitis, and CVD.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100407
JournalAmerican Heart Journal Plus: Cardiology Research and Practice
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2024


  • CVD
  • Oral health
  • Teeth


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