New Reports Confirm Perio-Systemic Connection and Outline Clinical Recommendations
The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), in collaboration with the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP), recently published a series of consensus reports that analyze the scientific evidence linking periodontal disease to other systemic diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and adverse pregnancy outcomes. There is strong evidence that periodontitis provides an increased risk for future cardiovascular disease. Periodontal treatment may provide beneficial effects on diabetes outcomes and should be part of ongoing diabetes management. The complete consensus reports are freely available online (http://www.joponline.org/toc/jop/84/4-s).