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Philadelphia, PA Periodontist Boosts Cardiovascular Health Through Periodontics

  • July 19, 2009

June 19 , 2009 — PHILADELPHIA, PA — According to a recent study published in the Journal of Periodontology (JOP) and the American Journal of Cardiology (AJC), there is conclusive evidence linking periodontal and cardiovascular diseases. Though an early version of this study was published online in June 2009, Philadelphia dental implant expert Dr. David DiGiallorenzo has been working hand-in-hand with cardiologists to prevent patients from suffering both periodontal and cardiovascular diseases long before the study was published.

“For years we have been actively working side-by-side with cardiologists and their patients,” said Dr. DiGiallorenzo. “All adult patients with cardiovascular disease and/or risk factors should visit a periodontist for a full periodontal evaluation.”

Inflammation is a common symptom for both periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease, according to the Journal of Periodontology’s and American Journal of Cardiology’s study, titled “Periodontitis and Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease.” Prolonged inflammation of the gums due to periodontal disease creates irregular blood flow, which affects the heart. Thus, diagnosing and treating periodontal disease becomes an important element in reducing one risk factor of cardiovascular disease said Dr. DiGiallorenzo.

Philadelphia PA periodontal disease specialist Dr. DiGiallorenzo prefers to treat periodontal disease immediately. Without timely treatment, periodontal disease destroys gums and bone leading to tooth loss. In addition, periodontal disease increases the chances for stroke, respiratory disease, and pre-term low birth weight for newborns.

“Generally there is zero tolerance for infection within the body,” said  <aPhiladelphia  periodontist Dr. DiGiallorenzo. “So, our first goal is to remove the oral infection in a single visit utilizing a laser-assisted procedure called LANAP. It is the only FDA approved protocol to treat gum disease. This procedure is painless. There is no cutting; no peeling back of the gums, and no suturing. It is safe for patients who are on aspirin and blood thinners, or even for medically compromised patients.”

Just as individuals with  periodontal disease are at risk of cardiovascular disease, people with heart conditions are at risk of periodontal complications. Cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, diabetes, and obesity increase the likelihood of periodontal disease says Dr. DiGiallorenzo.

“This research is not new, so we have been intimately involved with this avenue for over 15 years,” said Dr. DiGiallorenzo. “Cardiovascular disease is an inflammatory process which initiates the clotting mechanism in the vascular system causing blockage and thus stroke or heart attack. Any process which increases circulating inflammatory mediators, such as periodontal disease, will create a substantial health risk.”

To view the The American Journal of Cardiology and Journal of Periodontology Editors’ Consensus: “Periodontitis and Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease,” visit www.joponline.org.

Learn More
If you would like to learn more about periodontal diseases or treatment for periodontal disease, or you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. David DiGiallorenzo, please call (610) 409-6064 in Collegeville; (570) 322-4741 in Williamsport; or visit his Web site www.perioimplants.us.

About Dr. David Digiallorenzo
Dr. David Digiallorenzo, or “Dr. D,” graduated from Temple University School of Dentistry in 1993 and completed a specialty in periodontics and dental implantology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1995.
He is an associate clinical professor at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Periodontics. He teaches nationally and internationally and is a regular contributor to dental literature.  He is the only the periodontist in the Delaware valley providing the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure.

Dr. D’s private practice in suburban Philadelphia concentrates on periodontics, dental implantology, advanced reconstructive case management and TMJ treatment. It is a unique dental spa with two full-time massage therapists that specialize in reflexology, reiki, massage, aromatherapy and homeopathy. This combination creates a relaxed, optimal healing response.

Dr. D has two office locations: 184 W. Main St., Ste. 200, in Collegeville, PA; and 121 E. Fourth St. in Williamsport, PA.

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