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The Cardiovascular System and Oral Infections

Maurizio S. Tonetti
Friday, February 7
3:15 pm - 4:00 pm

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Periodontitis and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease are highly prevalent, socially relevant chronic diseases. Epidemiologic evidence has linked these two diseases, although the nature of the association remains a matter of debate. Is it due to shared risk factors, or is there a true causal link? Intervention trials provide an initial reading light. Under both scenarios, there are important clinical consequences and reasonable action that needs to be implemented by oral health care professionals. These concepts and their practical implications will be explored.

Maurizio S. Tonetti, DMD, PhD, MMSC, FRCPS, FRCS(ENG), is the executive director of the European Research Group on Periodontology (ERGOPerio) and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Clinical Periodontology. He has held the positions of professor and head of the Department of Periodontology at the University of Connecticut’s School of Dental Medicine and at the University College London. He has also been an adjunct professor at the University of Bern in Switzerland and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr Tonetti maintains a part-time private practice limited to periodontology and implant surgery with an emphasis on regeneration, minimally invasive surgery, and microsurgery. His research interests include regeneration and bioengineering of lost periodontal structures and the incorporation of dental implants in the management of periodontal patients. He is considered one of the most influential periodontists worldwide, and he has been engaged in the planning and delivery of worldwide advanced educational programs in the fields of periodontology and implant dentistry.