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Healthier Gums May Mean Lower Risk of Hypertension
Hypertension seems to have met its match as new research shows that good dental health reduces the risk of hypertension.
This research from American Heart Association Journal Hypertension also proves that people taking medication for their high blood pressure condition may benefit from the therapy if they have good oral health.
Conclusions from the findings were made after the examination of the medical and dental health records of 3,600 people with high blood pressure. The Association’s research revealed that people with gum disease have a condition known as periodontitis.
People with healthier gums have been said to have lower blood pressure and a better response to blood pressure lowering medications compared to those suffering from periodontitis. As a result, people with bad dentition may require closer blood pressure monitoring. likewise those suffering from HBP should be referred to a dentist.
Patients with high blood pressure and the clinicians who care for them should be aware that good oral health may be just as important in controlling the condition as are several lifestyle interventions known to help control blood pressure, such as a low-salt diet, regular exercise and weight control,” said.study lead investigator, Davide Pietropaoli, D.D.S., Ph. D., of the University of L’Aquila in Italy.
“Likewise, dental health professionals should be aware that oral health is indispensable to overall physiological health, including cardiovascular status.
“Physicians should pay close attention to patients’ oral health, particularly those receiving treatment for hypertension, and urge those with signs of periodontal disease to seek dental care,” Pietropaoli added.