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Poor oral health linked to higher blood pressure: Study

According to a recent study, Poor oral health linked to higher blood pressure.

ANI | Updated: 23 Oct 2018, 10:41:55
Poor oral health linked to higher blood pressure Poor oral health linked to higher blood pressure

New Delhi: According to a recent study, people with high blood pressure taking medication for their condition are more likely to benefit from the therapy if they have good oral health. Findings of the analysis, based on a review of medical and dental exam records of more than 3,600 people with high blood pressure, reveal that those with healthier gums have lower blood pressure and responded better to blood pressure-lowering medications, compared with individuals who have gum disease, a condition known as periodontitis. 

Specifically, people with periodontal disease were 20 percent less likely to reach healthy blood pressure ranges, compared with patients in good oral health. Considering the findings, the researchers say patients with periodontal disease may warrant closer blood pressure monitoring, while those diagnosed with hypertension, or persistently elevated blood pressure, might benefit from a referral to a dentist. 

The findings of the study have been published in the journal of the American Heart Association.


First Published: 23 Oct 2018, 10:41:55

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