Studies have reported positive association between periodontal diseases and cardiovascular diseases, chief of cardiovascular disease Western University of Health Sciences, USA, Radha J. Sarma said.

Delivering a special lecture at GITAM Dental College on Thursday, she urged the doctors to understand the relationship between periodontitis and cardiovascular risk in patients with diabetes. The bacteria causing periodontal disease enters the blood stream and causes inflammation and narrowing of arteries and Periodontitis is known to increase the risk of insulin resistance. The doctor advocated opening of multi-disciplinary clinics that would not only help patients but also be better for teaching the medical students and allied health professionals. The doctor was felicitated by president of GITAM University M.V.V.S.Murthi, Vice-Chancellor G. Subrahmanyam, GITAM chief medical officer C.V.Rao, GITAM Dental College & Hospital principal K.Gangadhara Prasad, Dr.Ravishankar and others participated in the program.

Bacteria causing periodontal disease enters the blood and causes inflammation and narrowing of arteries