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Letters Time to take periodontitis seriously

Periodontitis: bad medicine?

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 19 May 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3219
  1. Michaël R Laurent, geriatrics registrar1
  1. 1University Hospitals Leuven, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
  1. michael.laurent{at}

Chapple calls for more efforts to manage periodontitis.1 I agree that this condition is associated with stomatological disability. But before concluding that it is a chronic disease that puts half of all adults at risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and a host of inflammatory …

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