I graduated from Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery in 1985. In 1985 the answer to the above question would have been “NO.”
It has taken more than 300 years to arrive at the point we are today. The journey began in 1674 when Antony von Leeuwenhoek discovered microbes. He was an early user of the microscope who studied deposits from human teeth. He noticed very small living things and called them “animalcules,” later named microbes. Today we call them bacteria. Robert Kach, two hundred years later, in 1876 suggested that bacteria might cause disease – the “germ theory of disease.” Joseph Lister, Louis Pasteur and Edward Jenner also implicated bacteria as a possible source of disease around the same time. A recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Dental School, Willoughby D. Miller, in 1879 decided he wanted to study bacteria and their relatioonship to disease. After becoming a dentist, Dr. Miller moved to Berlin to research the relationship of bacteria and disease. Dr Miller believed that the mouth was a focus of infection and that bacteria in the mouth could explain most of human’s illnesses. Dr. Miller gave lectures on “Oral Infection as a Cause of Systemic Disease.”
Cardiovascular disease, ischemic stroke and diabetes as well as periodontal disease are chronic inflammatory diseases. Evidence exists which relate these diseases. It has taken more than 300 years to arrive at the point we are today.
Paul L. Caputo, DDS3490 E Lake Rd S Suite A