Awareness of Association between Periodontal Disease and Respiratory Disease among General Practitioners: A Survey

Authors : Aarthi.P.S, Ameer Sirhan.A, Aliya Misreen, Dr. Uma Sudhakar

Volume/Issue : Volume 4 - 2019, Issue 12 - December

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 Aim: The purpose of this survey is to evaluate the awareness of association between periodontal disease and respiratory disease among dental practitioners.  Methodology: 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 diseases.  Result: 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.  Conclusion: 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.


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