A new study has revealed a relationship between chronic periodontitis and a condition called lacunar infarct, two common diseases in the elderly. Chronic periodontitis is an inflammatory disease of the gums, whereas lacunar infarct is a type of cerebral small-vessel disease that can lead to a stroke.
It is hypothesized that periodontitis leads to systemic inflammation and, as a result, the health of the blood vessels could be affected. People diagnosed with periodontal disease had about a four-fold increased risk of developing lacunar stroke compared with those without periodontitis. Periodontal treatment may also decrease systemic inflammation and, therefore, it may reduce the risk of developing lacunar infarct.
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