Periodontal Medicine is the field of dentistry that focuses on the wealth of new data establishing a strong relationship between periodontal disease and systemic health issues. Some of these diseases include cardiovascular and pulmonary disease, strokes, arthritis, diabetes, adverse pregnancy outcomes (including low birth weight and premature birth) respiratory infection and some cancers. You can read more about this on the Colgate website here.
Periodontal Disease is the most common diseases affecting mankind, responsible for the majority of teeth lost in the adult population across the globe.
The microbial (bacterial) causes of periodontal disease, the mechanisms through which periodontal tissues (gum and jaw bone) are destroyed, and the impact of this disease on the rest of the body have been the subject of intense study. The resulting information has led to a new way of thinking about the importance of the mouth in overall health.
It is now understood that a strong relationship exists between oral diseases and other diseases in the human body. An enormous amount of evidence is emerging in the medical, dental and scientific literature (research publications) describing the relationship between periodontal disease and systemic (overall body) diseases.
Dr. Hillel New, principle dentist at CDIC, is the Consultant Dentist to the Cabrini Hospital in Malvern and is called upon on a regular basis to manage hospital in-patients that have been admitted for reason other than ‘dental’ with the health of the teeth and gums being found to be a contributing factor to the patient’s ill-health. He also plays a very special role working along side the hospital’s cardiologist and cardio-thoracic surgeons in preparing patients dentally for major heart surgery.
Dr. New is also the Dento-alveolar Consultant to the Cabrini Accident & Emergency Department, where he manages dental trauma, severe dental infections and dental treatment complications.