Oral Health and High Blood Pressure

August 15, 2018

Oral Health and High Blood Pressure

Is there a relationship between poor oral health and high blood pressure or chronic hypertension?

hypertension, high blood pressure, medication, treatmentFor years now, researchers have determined a link between poor oral health and heart or cardiovascular disease.

When researchers state “a link” they do not mean a direct cause but rather that one condition is associated with another condition. For example, for many years a link between smoking and cancer was observed and then, after time, it was accepted that smoking actually causes cancer. Similarly, poor oral health and periodontal disease is linked to many negative body conditions, diseases and non-optimal health.

So, while a person’s periodontal disease may not directly CAUSE cardiovascular disease it has been established that those with periodontal disease have a higher incidence of heart disease as well.

A recent study, on Poor Oral Health and Blood Pressure Control Among US Hypertensive Adults, has linked periodontal disease and poor oral health with not only higher blood pressure but with the fact that poor oral health actually appears to interfere with the effectiveness of treatment to control high blood pressure.

This study covered 3600 individuals by examining both their medical and their dental records. The findings were quite interesting and showed that those with good oral health not only had lower blood pressure BUT if they were taking blood pressure lowering medication then they responded more favorably to the treatment.

For those with poor oral health and periodontal disease this then is a double-whammy. Not only does the study show that those with poor oral health were more likely to suffer from higher blood pressure BUT also that the effectiveness of their treatment for hypertension was lowered.

The takeaway is that poor oral health, specifically periodontal disease, can contribute to higher blood pressure–hypertension–and can interfere with the medication taken to control the hypertension.

The researchers added that medical treatment for high blood pressure should also include seeking dental care for any signs of poor oral health.

And so, this is just one more reason to take care of your teeth, seek dental care and handle any signs of periodontal disease. More and more, the scientific circle is validating the fact that good oral health and good health in general goes hand-in-hand, especially heart health!

And so, a consistent oral hygiene regimen, routine cleanings and an ongoing use of oral probiotics can help you on the path to better health, longevity and quality of life.

 

 





Also in News

How to Take Care of Your Teeth and Gums
How to Take Care of Your Teeth and Gums

June 10, 2021

Great personal health and wellness begins in the mouth, the gateway to your body. It is more than just a smile. Find out more about an simple system for superior oral health and build a naturally healthy great smile.

Continue Reading

Oral Health, Gum Disease and Your Personal Health, It’s All Connected
Oral Health, Gum Disease and Your Personal Health, It’s All Connected

May 21, 2021

We’ve all heard it a million times - brush your teeth, for two minutes, twice a day, and floss at least once a day to keep up your oral health. But what if we told you that by maintaining your oral health, you’ll actually help maintain your health overall? The mouth is often seen as the entrance to the rest of the body, so it should make plenty of sense that if you have oral health issues, these can lead to other health issues in your body.

Continue Reading

How NASA Helped in Creating our Fluoride-Free & Natural Toothpaste
How NASA Helped in Creating our Fluoride-Free & Natural Toothpaste

May 14, 2021

To bust a myth, fluoride is not an unnatural substance but can be found in nature, in many foods, and even many water sources. But there are many health concerns, so why not go for a more effective and natural solution, first discovered by NASA!

Continue Reading