Researchers are slowly recognizing the mechanisms of what we all know to be true - Pathogenic oral bacteria, spray through the bloodstream to distant sites to drive disease.
A recent article from the American Society for Microbiology entitled “Periodontitis and Heart Disease: Researchers Connect the Dots,” explains that there is more supporting evidence that P. Gingivalis is a major player.
Not only does it directly invade arterial walls, but it accelerates the inflammatory process already present. This is what triggers events like heart attacks and strokes.
According to the article summary, “Periodontitis is a risk factor for heart disease. Now a team of researchers has shown that a periodontal pathogen causes changes in gene expression that boost inflammation and atherosclerosis in aortic smooth muscle cells."
What's more, in the last paragraph the article comments that they are trying to develop biomarkers to identify this inflammatory process in action. One already available that clearly identifies arterial inflammation flamed by oral bacteria is LP PLA 2.
Once insurance companies begin to understand the importance of this which is inevitable, it is very likely that medical insurance will pay for periodontal and endodontic treatment.
Now is the time to educate your team, refine your periodontal and hygiene protocols to impact systemic health, and be the first in your community to launch your Oral Systemic Center of Excellence.