Periodontal affections can play a determinant role in the evolution of different systemic diseases. Periodontal pathogenic bacteria stimulate the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines or acute phase proteins. Materials and method. The current research involved developing of a questionnaire addressed to a number of 42 dentists from 12 different countries, who were asked to fill it in using an online platform. The questionnaire included five significant questions.
Results and discussion. The main observation made was that the ratio of patients with pulmonary pathology, more frequently occurring as irreversible forms of periodontal disease (chronic and aggressive periodontitis), was higher, while fewer patients were diagnosed with different forms of gingivitis.
Conclusions. Improving, enriching, optimizing and individualizing the means of oral hygiene – all representing sound arguments in favor of reducing the inflammation of periodontal tissues – appear as simple, cheap and efficient methods capable of decreasing the risk of pulmonary affections.