Good oral health may be just as important in controlling hypertension as several lifestyle strategies like a low-salt diet, regular exercise and weight control researchers say.
A new study found poor oral health may interfere with blood pressure control in people with hypertension. Gum disease appears to worsen blood pressure and interferes with hypertension treatment.
Findings of the analysis, based on a review of medical and dental records of 3,600 people with hypertension, revealed those with healthier gums have lower blood pressure and responded better to blood pressure-lowering medication, compared to individuals who have gum disease. Specifically, people with gum disease were 20% less likely to reach healthy blood pressure ranges, compared with patients in good oral health.
Study findings emphasize the importance of good oral health in controlling hypertension and its role in preventing the adverse cardiovascular effects known to stem from untreated high blood pressure.
The Center for Disease Control has cited that more than 360,000 deaths in 2013 included hypertension as a contributory cause.
0ver 70% of the US population have some form of gum disease. Much of this can be related to poorer oral hygiene routines. This would include infrequent brushing and flossing routines as well as infrequent professional dental cleanings. Implementing improved oral hygiene routines may be a simple way to reduce high blood pressure.
Furthermore, many of the studies are showing, improving oral health may have advantages all the way around, and not only reducing hypertension. It may reduce the risks of strokes, improve control of diabetes and a host of other systemic issues.
First off, a visit to your dentist to evaluate your oral status is a great first start. This will assist in determining your custom needs and establishing routines that could be intuitive to improve your oral health and possibly improve your hypertension. So, you can live the healthy lifestyle you deserve.
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