Oral health and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease: A review

Am J Prev Cardiol. 2021 Apr 5:7:100179. doi: 10.1016/j.ajpc.2021.100179. eCollection 2021 Sep.


Periodontal disease (PD) is common in the US and globally. Evidence suggests that poor oral health is associated with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD); however, this relationship has not been a major focus in clinical cardiology. This manuscript will review the growing evidence linking PD to ASCVD, including pathophysiologic mechanisms and coexistent risk factors. Public health considerations with a focus on disparities, social determinants, preventive strategies, and a call to action to reduce the burden of coincident ASCVD and PD are also reviewed.

Keywords: Cardiovascular Disease; Cardiovascular prevention; Oral health; Periodontal disease.

Publication types

  • Review