July 5, 2017
By Gregori M. Kurtzman, DDS, MAGD
The formation of oral biofilm can be a major factor leading to periodontal disease. Harmful strains of bacteria in the oral biofilm can enter the bloodstream during the inflammatory response and travel to other areas of the body, exerting a distant systemic effect that has been connected to numerous diseases. This article reviews this link and discusses maladies associated with periodontal disease, including cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease, cancers, and more. A discussion of the management of oral biofilms is also included.
About the Author
Gregori M. Kurtzman, DDS, MAGD
Private practice in Silver Spring, Maryland. Formerly an assistance clinical professor at the University of Maryland, Department of Endodontics. Prosthetics, and Operative Dentistry, Baltimore, Maryland.