Elevated #Coronary Artery Calcium scores are associated with #tooth loss

This study explores the association between Coronary Artery Calcium (CAC) scores and dental pathology such as missing teeth, the (peri-apical) health status and restoration grade of the teeth, and the grade of alveolar bone loss seen on a dental panoramic radiograph (Orthopantomographโ€“OPG).. ..212 patients were included. We found a statistically significant association between the number of missing teeth and the CAC score. When modeling age, … Continue reading Elevated #Coronary Artery Calcium scores are associated with #tooth loss

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#Periodontal Inflammation Primes the Systemic Innate #Immune Response

The presence of periodontal diseases (PDs) often strongly correlates with other severe chronic inflammatory conditions, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and arthritis. However, the mechanisms through which these diseases interact are unclear. In PD, tissue and bone destruction in the mouth is driven by elevated recruitment of polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMNs), which are primed and recruited from the circulation to sites of inflammation. We predicted that systemic … Continue reading #Periodontal Inflammation Primes the Systemic Innate #Immune Response

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#Periodontitis increases the risk of respiratory disease mortality in older patients

Evidence for an association between periodontitis and respiratory disease in the older patients is limited.. ..We found that periodontitis was associated with total respiratory disease mortality. Compared with healthy participants, the hazards ratio and 95% confidence interval for total respiratory disease mortality in patients with severe periodontitis was 2.72(1.04,7.11) after adjusting for relevant confounding variables. With increasing severity of periodontitis, risks for chronic obstructive pulmonary … Continue reading #Periodontitis increases the risk of respiratory disease mortality in older patients

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