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.”