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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Oral Infections And Systemic Diseases [infecções Bucais E Doenças Sistêmicas]
Author: De Almeida O.P.
Pizzigatti Correa M.E.
Abstract: Bacteria from dental plaque reach the blood stream in patients with periodontal diseases, dental treatments and during eating and toothbrushing. In the past many systemic diseases had their causes related to dental plaque bacteria, and tooth extraction was suggested as prevention and treatment of these diseases. Later, only bacterial endocarditis continued to be associated with bacteria of the mouth, and antibioticotherapy is a recommended procedure before dental treatment. Recently the relevance of oral infections in systemic diseases was reconsidered. Epidemiological evidences indicate that bacteria from the mouth can be involved in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis, infarct and low birth weight. Although the data are not yet conclusive, a new and wide perspective is open to dentistry and medicine. Up to now dentistry was focused on the tooth, now oral and systemic health are the new objectives. These objectives are valid not only to individuals at high risk of systemic diseases, as the elderly and immunodeficient, but to everybody. This new philosophy will further stimulate a better integration between dentistry and medicine, with consequent improvement of oral and systemic health of all individuals.
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Date Issue: 2003
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