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DENTAID sponsors the scientific Perio & Cardio Workshop

Perio&Cardio Workshop

Representatives of the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) and the World Heart Federation (WHF) met in Madrid on February 18th and 19th at the 2019 Perio & Cardio Workshop, to discuss the relationship between oral and cardiovascular diseases. The aim of the meeting, sponsored by DENTAID, was to draw conclusions and recommendations for both oral and heart healthcare professionals and for patients.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide, while severe periodontitis is the sixth most common chronic condition. Professor Mariano Sanz, Chairman of the EFP meeting assures us that “These two diseases affect many people across the globe, and one of the goals of this Workshop is to describe how periodontal health can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease”.

Four major areas were discussed in the Workshop:

  • Epidemiological evidence that links periodontitis and cardiovascular disease.
  • Biological mechanisms that show the increased risk of atherosclerosis in patients with periodontitis.
  • The effect of periodontal treatment on the risk of atherosclerosis.
  • The possible cardiovascular risks of oral interventions.

There is a large amount of scientific evidence linking periodontitis and cardiovascular disease. Patients with severe periodontitis are at greater risk of undergoing a heart attack or stroke, especially if they have previously suffered from cardiovascular disease. For example, bacteria in the mouth promote the development of atherosclerotic plaques; severe periodontitis can worsen inflammation in the entire body, which increases the severity of atherosclerotic plaques, and this can block or reduce arterial blood flow both in the heart and in other parts of the body.

“There is ample evidence that periodontal treatment reduces systemic inflammation and other factors indirectly associated with the development of atherosclerosis,” according to Professor Sanz, who added, “we hope to reach a consensus on the value of periodontal health in the reduction of cardiovascular risk, especially in patients who have already suffered a cardiovascular event”.

Professor Pablo Perel, Scientific Advisor of the WHF, assures us that, “The prevention of cardiovascular disease is one of the main objectives of the WHF. We hope to participate in this important workshop and contribute with evidence-based recommendations in relation to cardiovascular health and periodontology. Prevention is a neglected area in the field of cardiovascular disease, and we will communicate the recommendations from the Workshop to our members around the world”.

Meanwhile, Dr Xavier Calvo, periodontist and Medical Advisor of DENTAID, has indicated that, “Most importantly, periodontal disease can be prevented mostly through good daily oral hygiene habits and regular periodontal examinations in the dental clinic. Eliminating this risk factor could bring about a substantial improvement in the management of patients, both at risk of cardiovascular disease, and those who have already been affected by it”.

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DENTAID participates in the first working group to study how to approach the relationship between periodontitis and cardiovascular diseases

Rueda-de-prensa_Consenso_MalagaPress conference with media and spokespeople from the Spanish Society of Periodontology (SEPA), the Spanish Society of Cardiology (SEC) and DENTAID. Hospital Virgen de la Victoria, Malaga.

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. [Leer más]