Skip to main content
NOTE: Terms of Service Updated 21 Feb 2018

Caring for Teeth and Gums Promotes Heart Health

  • Published: 2011-02-02 : United Concordia Dental.
  • Synopsis: Taking care of your teeth and gums is an important part of promoting heart health.

Main Document

During American Heart Month in February, United Concordia Dental, one of the nation's largest dental insurers, wants to remind adults that taking care of their teeth and gums is an important part of promoting heart health.

"There's plenty of research out there that links the oral health of your mouth to other medical conditions such as heart disease and stroke," said Jerome Blum, D.D.S., corporate dental director of United Concordia Dental. "In fact, a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that the risk for heart disease among people with gum disease is nearly three times higher than those without it."

More than 75 percent of American adults suffer from periodontal disease, a chronic inflammatory condition that destroys bone and gum tissues that support the teeth, according to the American Academy of Periodontology.

"This number is staggering," said Dr. Blum. "In light of these findings, it's more important than ever to understand the connection between gum disease and other chronic conditions."

For this reason, United Concordia has partnered with its parent company, Highmark Inc., and the University of Pennsylvania, to fund a two-year study that looks at the effect of dental treatment on medical costs.

The goal is to determine if dental cleanings and/or treatment of gum disease can decrease the cost of medical care in patients who have certain medical conditions, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and stroke. The data will come from unidentified subjects who have been enrolled with United Concordia Dental and Highmark for at least three years.

"The study will provide our company with additional evidence of the link between a person's overall and oral health," said Dr. Blum. "We expect to see the first round of results later this year."

For more information, visit www.UnitedConcordia.com

Similar Topics

1 : Oral Thrush: Symptoms, Causes & Treatment : Thomas C. Weiss.
2 : Orthodontic Care for Patients with Disability : American Association of Orthodontists (AAO).
3 : Improving Oral Health of Adults with Developmental Disabilities and Support for Caregivers : Tufts University, Boston Health Sciences Campus.
4 : Tonsillectomy Surgery Procedures and Information : Disabled World.
5 : Dental Checkups - Reasons Not to Skip Oral Exams : Pennsylvania Dental Association.
From our Oral Health section - Full List (51 Items)

Submit disability news, coming events, as well as assistive technology product news and reviews.


Loan Information for low income singles, families, seniors and disabled. Includes home, vehicle and personal loans.


Famous People with Disabilities - Well known people with disabilities and conditions who contributed to society.


List of awareness ribbon colors and their meaning. Also see our calendar of awareness dates.


Blood Pressure Chart - What should your blood pressure be, and information on blood group types/compatibility.





1 : Protein Levels in Spinal Fluid Correlate to Posture and Gait Difficulty in Parkinson's Disease
2 : Palliative Care Findings on Caregiver Depression, LGBT Partners, Moral Distress
3 : Circulation Journal's Go Red for Women Issue Focuses on Female Heart Health
4 : Wearable Stretchable Electronics Aid Stroke Recovery Treatment

Citation


Disclaimer: This site does not employ and is not overseen by medical professionals. Content on Disabled World is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. See our Terms of Service for more information.

Reporting Errors: Disabled World is an independent website, your assistance in reporting outdated or inaccurate information is appreciated. If you find an error please let us know.