a special program of the National Emergency Medicine Association (NEMA) 

Week: 617.5

Guest: Dr. Tim Rose, President, American Academy of Periodontology

Topic: Periodontal disease

Host/Producer: Steve Girard 

NEMA: Periodontal, or tooth and gum disease affects nearly half of's the number one cause of tooth loss...and now research shows oral bacteria gone amok can affect our level of heart disease...Dr. Tim Rose is the president of the American Academy of Periodontology..

ROSE: The bacteria that cause the disease...most of us have in our mouth all the time. There there as part of the natural...what we call the flora, the bacteria that appear in your mouth. So, the best way to control the disease, and the simplest way to control the through an exemplary home care program. You know, flossing, brushing...and really taking care of your teeth. And then going in and having a professional go in and basically treat you with a maintenance program, on a regular basis.

NEMA: Enzymes that can help clog heart arteries are produced by the bacteria involved in periodontal disease. I'm Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter.