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Dental Periodontitis and Heart Disease Share Gene

May 27th, 2009 · No Comments

shutterstock_28495912We’ve known about the links between gum disease and heart disease for some time now.

  • People with gum disease have increased risk for heart problems.
  • People who smoke, diabetics, and obese persons are at increased risk for both conditions.
  • Heart disease is the number-one cause of death across the globe; gum disease is the number-one cause of tooth loss in American adults.

Only recently did scientists actually find the genetic link between these two conditions. Chromosome 9 shares a genetic variant. The finding, which is explained at, may help the development of early diagnosis and effective early intervention. Furthermore, people who suffer from either heart disease or gum disease can begin to take precautions against the other condition, potentially reducing their risk for developing the disease.

The research team of Dr. Arne Schaefer at the Institute for Clinical Molecular Biology at University of Kiel, Germany made the discovery.

BBC News Report Here

Patient Education for Explaining Gum Disease/Heart Disease Link Here

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