So what’s the truth about periodontitis and its link with systemic disease?
One thing that isn’t up for debate is periodontal disease has broader impacts than just oral health. I’m sure we’ve all read the evidence on diabetes and cardiovascular disease…But what about chronic kidney disease?
A recent study by Dr Praveen Sharma, Professor Iain Chapple et al, has looked at just that. 861 patients with chronic kidney disease with a median follow-up of 14.3 years were studied. Following analyses, they found a strong association between periodontitis and increased mortality in individuals with chronic kidney disease.
I wanted to share as this work is up for the Sunstar Perio Research Award which aims to raise awareness of the link between oral and general health. I think Praveen’s work is worthy of the award and it would be a great achievement for the only UK candidate. I’d urge all dental friends to have a read / watch the summary video available at: http://www.sunstarfoundation.org/awards/perio-link-award/53
He’s the second one down and you just need to hit next to his entry to vote!