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Boise Dentist Blog

The professional blog of Doctors Dan Bruce, Steve Bruce, Rosa Pothier and Rob Ririe

Periodontal Disease and OSA

Periodontal Disease and OSA

Several recent research studies have reported a link between chronic periodontal disease and obstructive sleep apnea. Both conditions are relatively common and are associated with a systemic inflammatory response. One large, population based study published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology revealed that between 77% and 79% of subjects with obstructive sleep apnea also had obstructive sleep apnea. While a correlation between the two conditions has been shown, there has not been any conclusive evidence regarding causality.