The purpose of this survey is to evaluate the
awareness of association between periodontal disease
and respiratory disease among dental practitioners.
A questionnaire comprising of 24 questions was
distributed among 100 dental practitioners. The
practitioners were asked about the pathogens causing
periodontal and respiratory disease, association between
periodontal and respiratory diseases, periodontal
symptoms and classic signs of respiratory disease,
influence of smoking on periodontal disease and
progression of periodontal diseases to respiratory
The results obtained from the survey reveal that
about 64% of the practitioners are aware of the
association between the respiratory and periodontal
diseases. A fraction of the practitioners were unaware of
the mechanism of action of periodontal disease on
respiratory disease and other periodontal markers.
It has been established that periodontal disease is
an important marker for respiratory disease. The
assessment of the general practitioners’ knowledge about
various aspects of the periodontal disease is necessary
for early detection and subsequent intervention.
Keywords : Respiratory Disease, Periodontal Disease, Pathogens, Plaque, Smoking.