The American Heart Association has just released a study that found that patients taking medication and undergoing treatment for high blood pressure were more likely to experience optimum benefits from their respective therapies if they were in good oral health standing.
The Inextricable Link Between Oral Health and Overall Health
This is yet another study suggesting the link between good oral health and good overall health. Having healthy teeth and healthy gums is simply better for your health than living with tooth decay and periodontal disease.
More on the Study
Over 3,600 people were studied who had high blood pressure, some with healthier gums, others who live with gum disease. The study found that people with periodontal disease had a 20% higher chance of failing to reach healthy blood pressure ranges.
What This Means for Patients with High Blood Pressure
Simply put, if you have gum disease you’re likely going to have to have your blood pressure monitored more closely, which means more cost to you — both in time and in dollars spent at the doctor.
Experts are saying that oral health is just as important a factor as other lifestyle interventions like low-sodium diets, weight control, and living an active lifestyle.
Staying on top of your oral health is important for a number of reasons. Having healthy teeth and gums will help you maintain healthy blood pressure ranges if you’re trying to control high blood pressure, but maintaining your oral health over your life can help you avoid being in that situation later in life to begin with.
Contact Bedford Dental Group Today
At Bedford Dental Group we offer a variety of oral health services, from routine biannual checkups to custom-tailored cosmetic treatments that give patients a movie-star-caliber smile.
We take a lot of pride in being the first line of defense in a healthy oral hygiene routine. By keeping your annual checkups and routine cleanings we can help you avoid more costly, more painful problems down the road. Give us a call today to schedule your consultation. Here’s to your oral health!
Source: American Heart Association / ScienceDaily.com (https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/10/181022085817.htm)