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The Cardiovascular System and Oral Infections

Maurizio S. Tonetti, DMD, PhD, MMSC, FRCPS, FRCS(ENG)
Friday, February 7
3:15 pm - 4:00 pm

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.