The Prevalence of Inflammatory Periodontitis is negatively associated with Serum Antioxidant Concentrations
There is quite a bit of evidence now on how important oral health is to our overall health. The links between CVD and periodontal disease is particularly strong. There are several ways of looking at this, and, as always, the true answer probably lies somewhere in between. One viewpoint is that periodontal disease and it’s associated infection is a source of chronic, low grade inflammation–and we all know how damaging inflammation is.
Or, as this study suggests, these patients may have periodontal disease as a result of poor underlying health. In the case of this study, the better the patient’s antioxidant status, the less likely they were to have periodontal disease. Either way, we need to include good oral health as a part of any healthy lifestyle.