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Untreated periodontal disease can lead to heart attacks

Untreated periodontal disease can lead to heart attacks

Interview with Dr. Tudor Vaideanu published @

Sep. 2011



The Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Department of the Center for Infectious Disease from Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY, USA estimates that 80 million American adults present one or more types of cardiovascular diseases.


Different types of bacteria involved in Periodontal disease enter the general blood circulation and can interact with aterom plaque from the blood vessel level. Species like Porphyromonas gingivalis can aggravate atherosclerosis and in time lead to coronal obturation and myocardial infraction.


Dr. Tudor Vaideanu, René Descartes – Paris University, member of the Frencf Society of Peridontology and Oral Implantology states: “it is very important to understand that the Periodontal disease bacteria can enter the general blood circulation and affect the heart and other organs”.


Studies have shown that people suffering from Periodontal disease are twice more predisposed to Coronary Artery Disease which leads to heart attack. In the case of diabetic patients, Periodontal disease makes glycaemic control more difficult and increases complications specific to this disease. Also, the bacteria can be aspired into the lungs and cause pneumonia.


In the case of pregnant women, Periodontal disease may lead to premature birth and underweight newborns. It is also important that pregnant women get a Periodontal evaluation.


“It is very important once a year to get a Periodontal evaluation and treat Periodontal disease from the earliest signs. This way you avoid teeth loss and complications which can affect the body’s general state” Dr. Tudor Vaideanu, City Dent specialist states.