Statins and Gum Disease
By Health Day
It's all about inflammation. Statins are designed to decrease inflammation in our arteries and lower cholesterol. Now, it appears that inflammation-fighting power extends to our mouths.
In this small study, 59 patients with heart disease or at high risk for the disease were assigned to take a statin each day for 12 weeks-some taking a higherr dose, others taking a lower dose.
All had special scans before, after a month and again at 3 months to check their gum disease.
At the end, the high dose patients showed a significant reduction in gum inflammation plus an improvement in their cholesterol.
While this is a brand new potential use for statins, it's not currently a recommended treatment for gum disease. Ask your dentist about it, the next time you're in for a checkup.
I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV with the latest breakthroughs from the world of medicine.
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