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Periodontal disease experience among Indigenous Australians in the Perio-Cardio study of the Northern Territory: Results from baseline analysis



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8th May 2012

This presentation is designed to provide Menzies with an update of the Perio-Cardio study progress and will report on selected results from its baseline analysis. The Perio-Cardio study is a randomised trial run through Menzies that is investigating the effect of non-surgical periodontal (gum) treatment on surrogate markers of cardiovascular disease in Indigenous Australian adults. To date, 312 baseline dental screenings have been conducted yielding 273 confirmed periodontitis cases. Participants enrolled in the study are followed for 1 year and so far 165 have completed their 3-month evaluation and 79 their annual (final) assessments. Data collection is ongoing and is due to be completed at the end of 2012.

Kostas Kapellas is an oral health therapist and PhD candidate from the University of Adelaide. His current research focuses on determining the effect of non-surgical periodontal treatment on arterial stiffness and is one of the clinicians involved in the study. His research interests surround periodontal disease, its potential influence on systemic health inflammation and how this may contribute towards complications in cardiovascular disease and diabetes.