Studies have shown that One out of every Three American adults have high blood pressure. Further studies have shown a definite link between periodontal disease and cardiovascular ailments, including high blood pressure. The Journal of Periodontology, a highly acclaimed journal in the field of dentistry, conducted a study that explains the correlation between the two.
The study reveals that patients with severe or moderate periodontitis conditions and gum diseases are more susceptible to high blood pressure and heart diseases. A whopping 91% of patients suffering from these oral conditions have some kind of coronary disease condition as well. This provides sufficient evidence that periodontitis influences the incidence of cardiovascular disorders, one of the main disorders being hypertension (high blood pressure).
Another fact yielded from the research is that dental care and a regular dental check-ups are essential for good oral hygiene and a healthy heart. Periodontal disease is induced through bacterial inflammation and this has a degenerating effect on bone, gum, connective tissue and endothelial functions.
Overall, health experts throughout the medical field agree that some relation definitely exists between periodontal infection, endothelial function, cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure. Taking care of your oral hygiene and treatment of acute and severe gum conditions like gingivitis and periodontitis can help you to avoid a lot of coronary complications, which can otherwise arise.
This has also been proven in our practice here at Aesthetic Family Dentistry. One patient, a gentleman with a family, came in and was on medication for hypertension. After regular checkups and improving his oral health, he was able to improve his blood pressure enough to go off of his medication. There have been other instances of patients who have lowered their dose of medication after working on their oral health as well.
Clinical studies and patient experience all point to one thing: your oral health is essential to the health of the rest of your body.