Can Gum Disease Contribute to High Blood Pressure?
There appears to be a strong link between blood pressure and gum disease. Scientists have found that those who properly care for their teeth and regularly visit the dentist have less chances of developing hypertension over time. Other interesting observations included:
– After six months of intensive gum disease treatment, systolic pressure can be lowered by up to 13 points.
– Antibiotic treatments and tooth removals may be necessary on occasion to treat gum disease.
– Treating gum disease helps to reduce risk of stroke associated with high blood pressure.
”About one of every three adults in the United States — nearly 75 million people — has high blood pressure.”
Dr. Fraser Hendrie BDS (Glasg.) MFGDP (UK)
Fraser is a Glasgow graduate with over 20 years of experience. He is the one of the principal dentists at Craigentinny Dental Care in Edinburgh. He has a reputation for consistent, high quality work and a love of innovation. Many of Dr Hendrie’s patients travel from the far reaches of Scotland, the UK and beyond. So wherever you live from Portobello or around Edinburgh to further afield he will be pleased to meet you. He is a member of the Student Clinicians of the American Dental Association, British Dental Association, the Association of Dental Implantology, and has studied at the Pankey Institute in Miami on several occasions. Fraser has particular interests in Dental Implantology, Preventive dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry and information technology. Fraser has also been admitted to the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners by examination. Fraser is married with two young children and lives in Edinburgh. In his free time he enjoys running, cycling, and kite-surfing.