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Default Oral periopathogens and systemic effects.

Gen Dent. 2007 May-Jun;55(3):210-5.
Oral periopathogens and systemic effects.
Costerton J, Keller D.

Center for Biofilms, School of Dentistry, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA.

Management of oral biofilms allows dentists to help control the pathogens responsible for periodontal disease and decay. Increasing evidence indicates that the oral system is a portal for pathogenic microorganisms. This is a cumulative situation with systemic effects that can overcome an individual's resistance threshold, culminating in systemic sequela.

New evidence indicates that controlling these oral pathogens has systemic benefits, as oral pathology is related to cardiovascular and respiratory disease, diabetes, and systemic inflammatory responses, as well as low birth weight and pre-term deliveries. Some insurance companies now cover periodontal scaling for gingivitis and periodontal disease for pregnant women and patients at risk for pregnancy.

PMID: 17511362 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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