Background. Primary prevention of cardiovascular disease includes screening as well as education and riskreduction efforts. Methods. The author reviewed diet and nutritional risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD), as well as dietary approaches to reduce the risk of developing CVD. The author also presented applications for use in dental practice. Conclusions. The multifaceted relationship between diet/nutrition, CVD and oral health supports the role of CVD risk-reduction strategies in dental practice. Clinical Implications. Reinforcement of healthful lifestyle principles may help reduce patients' risk of developing CVD and improve their systemic and oral health.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Periodontal diseases