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AAPHD: Strong Proof Links Gum Disease with Heart Disease

Posted on May 12, 2012

May 11 - The American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD) agrees with the

conclusions of the literature review the American Heart Association

published online in the journal Circulation on April 18, 2012. The authors

found strong proof for a link between gum disease and heart disease. People

with gum disease have a greater chance of having heart disease than people

with healthy gums. The link between gum disease and heart disease exists

separately from other reasons (“risk factors”) like cigarette smoking,

diabetes, or obesity. This study confirms earlier reports.


More studies are needed to show if gum disease directly causes heart attacks

and strokes. Studies now show that treating gum disease can lessen the level

of some factors in the blood that help cause heart disease. Prevention and

treatment of gum disease helps to keep the mouth healthy.

“Based on today’s research findings,” AAPHD President Dr. Nicholas Mosca

says,” AAPHD supports preventing and treating gum disease to better oral

health for everybody, including people with heart disease. Having a healthy

mouth is part of having a healthy body.”

AAPHD is the nation’s largest organization dedicated to the vision of optimal oral health for

all. Its members are dentists, dental hygienists, and other individuals committed to improving

the oral health of the public. Founded in 1937, the AAPHD provides a focus for meeting the

challenge to improve oral health. Public health dentistry is one of the nine Dental Specialties

recognized by the American Dental Association.