In recent studies there has been a strong connection in hypertension/high blood pressure and poor oral health. High blood pressure is one of the may risk factors of heart disease. When a person suffers from poor oral health tartar and plaque accumulate on their teeth leading to gingivitis/gingival infection. When left untreated, plaque will eventually enter the blood vessels throughout the rest of the body and build up on the insides of the artery walls. Since blood has to work harder to travel through the arteries, the arteries sustain damage, which result in high blood pressure, restricted blood flow and a higher risk for heart disease.
Studies have shown those with poor oral health are more likely to develop hypertension as their oral conditions worsen. The study in the Nutrition and Metabolism Journal followed over 31,000 adults that exhibited gum disease, but had no prior history of hypertension. Over the course of 20 years about one-third of all gum disease patients eventually developed hypertension.
With the evidence between the connection of gingival infection and hypertension, we strongly encourage our patients to maintain excellent oral hygiene and 3-6 month preventive care appointments with the hygienist and dentist. By brushing thoroughly 2-3 minutes twice a day with daily flossing you can reduce your risk of gum disease. At every appointment at our office we will take your blood pressure and evaluate if a visit with your medical doctor would be needed.