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Is Gum Disease a Cause of High Blood Pressure?

May 4, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — glendalecosmeticdentist @ 9:56 pm
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It’s essential to maintain healthy blood pressure because when it is high your chances of having health problems are elevated accordingly. Your brain, heart, and the rest of your organs receive nutrients and oxygen via your blood flow. High blood pressure is very common with more than three million cases per year in the U.S. According to a 2021 report in the journal Hypertension, severe gum disease can make an otherwise healthy person significantly more likely to develop high blood pressure. Keep reading to learn from your dentist in Glendale how you can protect yourself from this dangerous combination.

The Association Between Gum Disease and High Blood Pressure

Gum disease, aka periodontal disease, occurs when bacteria accumulate around the base of the teeth and begins to eat away at gum tissue. Research in the Hypertension report showed that people with the condition are twice as likely to have high blood pressure as those with healthy gums – possibly due to inflammation that occurs with gum disease triggering inflammation in the heart as well.

Symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Chronic bad breath
  • Gum recession
  • Red, swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Loose teeth (in severe cases)

Gum Disease Prevention

Since the association between gum disease and high blood pressure is so strong, a good way to protect yourself from heart problems related to blood pressure is to take steps to prevent periodontal disease from occurring in the first place.

Some effective tips to keep your gums healthy include:

  • Drinking plenty of water to keep the mouth hydrated to wash away bacteria naturally
  • Eating a balanced, nutritious diet
  • Quitting smoking and tobacco use
  • Brushing teeth for two minutes twice a day to clean away plaque and bacteria
  • Flossing between teeth daily to remove bacteria buildup between teeth
  • Visiting your dentist twice annually – or as often as recommended

Now that you know more about the association between periodontal disease and high blood pressure, it’s a great time to schedule an appointment for an exam and cleaning. Your dentist in Glendale will be sure to evaluate your gums and treat you for periodontal disease if needed.

About the Practice

At Glendale Dental Wellness Center, our dentists are dedicated to a personalized approach that improves your smile and your general health. You’ll never be pressured into unnecessary treatment plans – it’s about transparency and trust with our patients. We offer a wide array of treatments, and you can expect a relaxing atmosphere. During a checkup and cleaning, we will examine your mouth for any signs of gum disease. Schedule an appointment on our website or call (818) 873-5107.

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