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Editor's Correspondence
September 12, 2005

Contribution of Periodontal Therapy on Individual Cardiovascular Risk Assessment

Arch Intern Med. 2005;165(16):1920-1921. doi:10.1001/archinte.165.16.1920

Periodontitis is the leading cause of tooth loss and affects nearly 40% of the US adult population.1 The American Dental Association has estimated that in 1999 more than 28 million periodontal procedures were performed in the United States alone.2 These treatments result in significant transient bacteremias and periodontal tissue damage. We recently reported that scaling and root planing, the most frequently performed procedure, result in a significant systemic inflammatory response of 1 week’s duration.3 We report herein the magnitude of changes in serum levels of a cluster of traditional and novel markers of cardiovascular risk after periodontal therapy.

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