Cardiologists and dentists have joined forces to work toward the prevention of cardiovascular and periodontal diseases. Existing evidence linking gum disease to heart disease has driven professionals from these fields to create a consensus statement addressed to practitioners from both disciplines.
With the aim of creating a framework for cardiologists, dentists and patients for the prevention and treatment of both diseases, the most prominent cardiovascular health institution (the Spanish Society of Cardiology – SEC) and the most important periodontal health society (the Spanish Society of Periodontology and Osseointegration – SEPA), have come together backed by the sponsorship of DENTAID to work on the first consensus document offering guidelines and recommendations for professionals and patients.
This consensus statement was presented to the media this past September 22nd in Malaga, coinciding with heart week, in order to raise awareness of this relationship and to offer practical advice on prevention for the general public and for cardiologists and dentists themselves.
Prevalence of gum disease
Periodontitis affects roughly 35%[i] of the Spanish population, and the scientific evidence available to date establishes a correlation between this disease, which affects gums and tooth support bone, and cardiovascular diseases. For this reason, the European Society of Cardiology has included periodontitis as a cardiovascular risk factor in their guidelines.
DENTAID, a leading company in the research and development of products for oral healthcare, has decided to form part of this pioneering work group as its sole sponsor, by offering its ample knowledge and experience that come from its many experts and its own research area – DENTAID Research Center. This has been made possible through the brands VITIS and Perio·Aid, both ranges specialising in the prevention and treatment of periodontitis and other gum diseases.
“It is DENTAID’s will to improve human oral health by developing solutions for the prevention and treatment of diseases such as periodontitis. Therefore, we are firmly committed to participating in all initiatives which, like this one, represent progress in our approach to this issue.” confirms Dr. Xavier Calvo, Periodontist, DDS and Medical Advisor at DENTAID.
The official document will be made public on October 23rd at the Cardiovascular Diseases Conference in Bilbao.
[i] References: Study conducted by the Sociedad de Prevención de Ibermutuamur – SEPA on oral health in the Spanish workforce 2012.