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    Oral health and

    the connected body


    The importance of oral hygiene is gaining increased attention as we learn more about the connections between oral and overall health. Numerous studies have revealed linkages between periodontal diseases* and certain systemic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke, among others[¹'²].


    Learn more about oral systemic health

    * Philips Oral Healthcare products are designed to aid in the prevention of cavities, plaque and gingivitis. They have not been cleared or approved for the prevention or treatment of periodontitis or other diseases. Emerging research shows that there is an association between periodontitis and certain systemic diseases. A cause and effect relationship has not been established.

    Symposium presenters and research  

    "Periodontal diseases will continue to be associated with risk factors for stroke and stroke itself"

    Periodontal diseases may cause local and systemic inflammation,and growing evidence proposes that periodontal infection may belinked to an increase in atherosclerosis-induced conditions, such asstroke. Mounting evidence suggests that treatment and preventionof periodontitis may result in the reduction of this risk.

    Dr. Souvik Sen


    Dr. Steven Offenbacher

    Periodontitis and

    pregnancy outcomes


    Dr. Souvik Sen

    Periodontal diseases
    and strokes


    Dr. Purnima Kumar

    Tobacco and the
    oral microbiome: A smoking gun


    Dr. Jo-Anne Jones

    HPV – Implications
    for dentistry


    Dr. Brian Novy

    Sleeping with Streptococcus



    Dr. Chip Whitney

    Medical-dental collaboration



    Dr. Robert Weyant

    Adverse pregnancy outcomes


    Dr. Betsy Reynolds

    Sleeping with Streptococcus


    Dr. Charl Els

    Treating tobacco use and addiction

    Tools to support you

    Philips CARE

    The importance of improving and maintaining optimal oral health needs to be emphasized to patients, and the Philips CARE tool can help you screen patients to assess their risk levels for periodontal disease and provide treatment options. To learn more about the CARE Tool, please see the video and links below.


    Learn more


    1. Dietrich T, Garcia RI. Associations between periodontal disease and systemic disease: Evaluating the strength of the evidence. J.

        Periodontol 2005;76:2175-2184.
    2. Barnett ML. The oral-systemic disease connection. An update for the practicing dentist. J AM Dent Assoc 2006: 137 (suppl): 5S-6S.

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