The relationship between periodontal disease and systemic conditions

Compend Contin Educ Dent. 2000 Oct;21(10A):870-7; quiz 878.


In this year's report of the United States Surgeon General on oral health in America, two major themes evolved: 1) oral health means much more than healthy teeth, and 2) oral health is integral to general health. This article describes how oral diseases, in particular periodontal diseases, are associated with other health problems, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, complications of pregnancies, and osteoporosis.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bacterial Infections / complications
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / complications
  • Chronic Disease
  • Diabetes Complications
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Low Birth Weight
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Obstetric Labor, Premature / etiology
  • Osteoporosis, Postmenopausal / complications
  • Periodontal Diseases / complications*
  • Periodontal Diseases / microbiology
  • Pregnancy