Link Between Gum Disease and High Blood Pressure

There are many factors that increase a person’s chances of having high blood pressure. One of the most overlooked causes is gum disease. Since May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month, it is a good time to schedule an appointment with our periodontist to determine if you have gum disease.

The Relation Between High Blood Pressure and Gum Disease

As of now, the relationship between periodontitis and high blood pressure has more to do with correlation than causation. While researchers believe bacteria in the mouth could enter the bloodstream, further studies are required to definitively prove the link.   It is possible the link has more to do with behavioral factors that increase a person’s likelihood of developing both diseases. For example, if a person smokes, then the chemicals found in tobacco would have adverse effects to both the gum tissue and heart. One study has shown participants who followed more intense oral health regimens, which involved regular teeth cleanings and plaque removal, did see a reduction in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure over the course of six months.

The Benefits of Seeing a Periodontist

Even if you are in otherwise good health, you should still see a professional if you believe you suffer from gum disease. The most common symptoms of the condition include swollen gums, a receding gum line, and constant toothaches.
If the disease is not treated promptly, then it can quickly escalate. Over time, gingivitis can turn into aggressive periodontitis, which results in deep periodontal pockets in addition to loss of jaw bone. The most severe form of the disease is periodontal disease, resulting in lesions. For gum disease treatment, we offer the LANAP laser treatment to remove harmful bacteria without cutting into the tissue.

See Our Periodontist

May might be National High Blood Pressure Education Month, but you should take care of your health all year long. Schedule an appointment at our office at your earliest convenience.


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