February is American Heart Month. What does this have to do with dentistry? Come to find out, alot! Research suggests a significant link between oral and cardiovascular health.
In particular, periodontal health seems to play a major role. Read what the American Academy of Periodontology has to say about periodontal disease and the heart.
You may also wish to browse this list of recent reviews pertaining to oral health and the heart:
Antibiotic prophylaxis for preventing endocarditis and infection in joint prosthesis after dental treatment: a review of new trends and recommendations in the literature. Kotze MJ. SADJ : journal of the South African Dental Association 2008 Sep;63(8):440-4. Review.
Antibiotics for the prophylaxis of bacterial endocarditis in dentistry. Oliver R, Roberts GJ, Hooper L, Worthington HV. “Cochrane database of systematic reviews . 2008 Oct 8;(4):CD003813. Review.
A change of heart: the new infective endocarditis prophylaxis guidelines. Daly CG, Currie BJ, Jeyasingham MS, Moulds RF, Smith JA, Strathmore NF, Street AC, Goss AN. Australian dental journal 2008 Sep;53(3):196-200; quiz 297. Review.
Cardiovascular disease and periodontitis: an update on the associations and risk. Persson GR, Persson RE. Journal of clinical periodontology. 2008 Sep;35(8 Suppl):362-79.
Inflammation, C-reactive protein, and atherothrombosis. Ridker PM, Silvertown JD. Journal of periodontology 2008 Aug;79(8 s):1544-51.
Dental treatment, antibiotic cover and infective endocarditis: a major rethink. Seymour RA. Dental update. 2008 Jul-Aug;35(6):366-8, 370. Review.
The effect of chronic periodontitis on the development of atherosclerosis: review of the literature. Niedzielska I, Janic T, Cierpka S, Swietochowska E. Medical science monitor : international medical journal of experimental and clinical research. 2008 Jul;14(7):RA103-6.
The link between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease is probably inflammation. Davé S, Van Dyke T. Oral Dis. 2008 Mar;14(2):95-101.
Associations between periodontal diseases and systemic diseases: a review of the inter-relationships and interactions with diabetes, respiratory diseases, cardiovascular diseases and osteoporosis. Kuo LC, Polson AM, Kang T. Public Health. 2008 Apr;122(4):417-33. Epub 2007 Oct 29.15.