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Article: Volume 46 Number 10 Page 914 - November 2019

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  Dent Update 2019; 46: 914-917

Periodontics:  What are the Links between Periodontitis and Systemic Disease?

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Abstract: That the mouth and the body are not disconnected should come as no surprise. In this article, the links between periodontal and systemic health will be reviewed by investigating these in both directions, starting with the more familiar effects of systemic conditions on periodontal health and progressing to the emerging effects of periodontal health on systemic health. Where suitable, tips will be provided for practitioners caring for patients with periodontitis and systemic diseases.

Clinical relevance: In recognition of the important role that the oral cavity plays in the body and the important role that oral healthcare providers play in the management of the general wellbeing of patients, this article highlights the link between periodontitis and systemic heath. This allows practitioners to care more holistically for their patients.

Author notes: Aaron Lopez-Lago, Specialists in Periodontics (GDC), Periodontology and Implant Dentistry (EFP), Norfolk Dental Specialists, 1 Victoria Street, Norwich, Norfolk NR1 3QX (email:, Mahbuba Tasnima Choudhury, MD, BDS, MSc, MClinDent, Specialist Registrar and Clinical Tutor in Periodontology, Guy’s Hospital, Tower Wing, Great Maze Pond, London SE1 9RT and Praveen Sharma, PhD, FHEA, MJDF(RCS Eng), BDS, Clinical Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry, University of Birmingham School of Dentistry, Birmingham, UK.

Objective: To recognize the important impact of systemic conditions on periodontal health.

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