Another potential benefit of statins: They may help reduce the chronic gum inflammation that is characteristic of periodontal disease. In a recent study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 83 people with heart disease or at high risk for it were given either a high or low dose of statins.
After 12 weeks, the high-dose group had less gum inflammation than the low-dose group. The greatest improvements were seen in those with the most severe gum disease, and the changes tracked closely with changes in arterial inflammation (statins are known to reduce inflammation, which is involved in atherosclerosis). This adds to the evidence linking heart disease and gum disease.