A new study reports that gum disease is an independent risk factor for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) at mid life.

AMDThe study showed those adults between 40 and 60 years of age suffering from periodontal disease, had double the risk of AMD compared to healthy controls. This risk accounted for confounding factors such as hypertension, inflammation (C-reactive protein), cardiovascular disease, body mass index, sex, race, education, smoking and income.

So the theme “the mouth is part of the body” (and vice versa) keeps popping up.

The message is seeping into the community’s mindset. To many adult patients, protecting overall health is the main reason they sit in the waiting room.

 

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