Periodontal Disease Can Lead to More Risk of Kidney Disease

As previously discussed on this website periodontal disease is something one should be aware of when considering whether or not to have wisdom teeth removed as periodontal disease can develop when wisdom teeth are maintained. This is discussed over at Many previous studies have looked at periodontal disease and how having it can lead to increased risk for other diseases. See for example,, and

In the first post mentioned above it was said

“The diseases for which an association with periodontitis has been reported include cardiovascular disease (CVD), stroke, respiratory disease, rheumatoid arthritis, pancreatic cancer, diabetes mellitus (types 1 and 2), preterm delivery, low-birth-weight delivery, preeclampsia, osteoporosis and osteoarthritis.”

A new study  has now associated periodontitis with an increased risk of kidney disease. The article looked at 699 African American adults who underwent complete dental examinations and decided to look at African Americans as they suffer from periodontal disease more so than other ethnicities.

In the study an average follow up of 4.8 years was used for the patients. It was found that there were 21 new cases of chronic kidney disease or 3% new cases. In the study participants with severe periodontal disease had a 4.2 fold increased incidence of chronic kidney disease after adjustments were made for other potential factors when compared to those without severe periodontal disease.

If patients elect to maintain wisdom teeth that are disease free and not causing problems, regular checkups should occur to make sure periodontal disease is not developing. If periodontal disease does develop then it can be treated.

Another study discussed over at recommended that fish oil is regularly taken to help reduce the risk of developing periodontal disease.

Source: American Society of Nephrology. October 23, 2014.

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