Periodontal Disease linked to Chronic Kidney Disease

In a Study published in the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) a link between Periodontal disease and Kidney disease has been observed after amalyzing 699 African American adults who underwent Dental examinations.

The study has been conducted in these patients and were observed for 4-5 year period in which patients with chronic periodontal disease had developed chronic kidney disease at 4 times the rate compared to those without periodontal disease. This study has been presented in ASN kidney week 2014 November at Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA.Periodontal disease related to chronic kidney disease

Periodontal Disease or PEriodontitis which is a disease of the Gingival and Periodontal tissue surrounding the teeth which is infested with bacterial infection in the oral cavity. This link between Periodontitis and Kidney disease has been investigated and the potential link has been analyzed by researchers which is being led by Vanessa Grubbs, MD (University of California, San Francisco) in 699 African American adults over a period of 4-5 years which was the average follow up and in this period there were 21 new Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) cases reported which is 3.0% of the total and form this number the patients having periodontal disease had a 4.2 fold greater incidence of CKD which was done after eliminating other potential problems associated like Age, Sex, diabetes, hypertension, smoking, income and drinking and these were compared to the patients without periodontal disease.

With this study it is proved that a probable relation and potential problem associated with Chronic Kidney Disease is present and as Periodontal disease is a reversible and preventable disease it makes it important to everyone to make sure that their periodontal health in Oral cavity is kept under sheck to prevent other diseases.

According to Dr. Grubbs “Because periodontal disease is common and can be prevented and treated, targeting it may be an important path towards reducing existing racial and ethnic disparities in chronic and end-stage kidney disease”

Source: American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

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