Plasma fibrinogen and white blood cell count were compared in fifty patients aged 25-50 years with periodontal disease and in fifty age-matched controls with relatively healthy periodontal tissues. Patients had significantly higher levels of fibrinogen and white cell count, and dental indices correlated significantly with these two cardiovascular risk factors on multivariate analyses. We suggest that inflammatory dental disease may be a determinant of fibrinogen level and white cell count in the general population, and that fibrinogen and while cell count may be two mediators of the link between dental disease and myocardial infarction.
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||Scottish Medical Journal|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 1993|