Researchers Caution that Tooth Loss May Increase Risk of Chronic Kidney Disease in U.S. Adults
CHICAGO—October 14, 2008—According to the National Kidney Foundation, one out of nine Americans suffers from chronic kidney
The study examined the kidney function and periodontal health indicators, including dentate status, of
“The rationale for examining edentulous adults in this study is to observe the
While additional research is needed to fully understand why tooth loss is associated with higher prevalence of CKD, the destructive nature of chronic inflammation may play a role. Both periodontal disease and chronic kidney disease are considered inflammatory conditions, and previous research has suggested that inflammation may be the common link between these diseases. Since untreated periodontal disease can ultimately lead to tooth loss, edentulous patients may have been exposed to chronic oral inflammation.
According to David Cochran, DDS, President of the American Academy of Periodontology and Professor and Chair of the Department of Periodontics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, treating periodontal disease can do a lot more than save your natural teeth. “Researchers have long known that gum disease is related to other adverse health conditions, and now we can consider chronic kidney disease to be one of them. It is exciting to think that by controlling periodontal disease and therefore helping to preserve natural dentition, the incidence and progression of CKD may be reduced.”
Periodontists, the dentists specially trained in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of gum disease, recommend regular brushing and flossing and routine visits to a dental professional in order to maintain comprehensive oral health. If gum disease develops, consulting a periodontist is an effective way to determine the most appropriate course of treatment.