As you will note, your article, along with the National Institutes of Health website, list cardiovascular disease and diabetes as factors associated with periodontal disease. Can you guess what health problem has both been exploding in recent decades and is known to cause c.v. disease and diabetes? How about obesity? It seems logical to me that that might be a major contributing factor.
(Sorry about the improper citations)
Edited by Cybele, 26 February 2011 - 04:18 AM.