Philadelphia Periodontist Examines Connection between Periodontal and Cardiovascular Diseases

Thursday, June 11, 2009 — PHILADELPHIA, PA — Children have heard it since the invention of the tooth brush: “Brush your teeth or they’ll fall out.” Parents say this to get their children to build healthy habits for brushing and oral hygiene. But, have you ever heard a parent say: “Brush your teeth or you’ll have heart problems?”

Studies have shown that periodontal and cardiovascular health are inter-related. Though studies are currently being published in the Journal of Periodontology (JOP) and the American Journal of Cardiology (AJC), Philadelphia, PA  periodontist Dr. David DiGiallorenzo is not surprised by the findings.

“Research over the last ten years has shown a clear link between oral health and systemic inflammatory mediators,” said Dr. DiGiallorenzo. “The periodontal community has always viewed the oral cavity as an indicator of overall health. It is the first window into one’s systems, so the findings are no surprise.”

In an online report by the Life Extension Foundation, periodontal disease, including gingivitis and periodontitis, affects nearly 75% of Americans and is the major cause of tooth loss. Symptoms include severe plaque buildup, receding gums, puss, oral bleeding, and inflammation of the gums. This inflammation in the gums will stimulate the liver to release inflammatory mediators which can increase the cardiovascular clotting cascade.

Life Extension’s report also states that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of fatality in American men and women, tallying around 2,400 deaths daily. The common risk factor in both cardiovascular and periodontal disease is inflammation.

According to, inflammation is the body’s natural process to protect individuals from infection by foreign substances such as bacteria and viruses. But, chronic inflammation is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease.

“All adult patients should have a full mouth periodontal charting, including X-rays, to screen for periodontal disease,” said Pennsylvania periodontist Dr. DiGiallorenzo. “In particular, patients with a family history of any chronic disease such as cardiovascular disease or diabetes should see a periodontist as their primary care dentist.”

To increase the chances of early diagnoses, a visit to your periodontist is crucial. Periodontists will routinely ask patients about heart conditions and family history.

The threat of periodontal and cardiovascular disease is serious. If in doubt, visit a periodontist and have a comprehensive evaluation. Treatment is simple, with no need for cutting, grinding and suturing of the gum, due to an FDA approved procedure using the laser called “LANAP” laser assisted new attachment procedure. This simply is revolutionary says Dr. Digiallorenzo.

“The periodontal community has been responsible for the majority of the research and education within the patient population and medical community,” said Dr. DiGiallorenzo. “Certainly, diagnosis and education remains at the heart of this information.”

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If you would like to learn more about periodontal disease or you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. David Digiallorenzo, please call 610-228-4366 in Collegeville; 570-505-6908 in Williamsport; or visit his Web site:

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 Periodontist in the Philadelphia providing the LANAP 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 as well as nutrition. 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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Meet Dr. D

Dr. David DiGiallorenzo received his training at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Periodontics and Periodontal Prosthesis in the early 1990s. His training included prosthodontics, orthodontics, periodontics, and advanced oral reconstructive techniques, including oral implantology.

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