Bad mouth taste, red, puffy gums or seeing blood while brushing, these common issues associated with periodontitis could actually be an indicator of a more serious problem—high blood pressure. Heart and dental health go hand in hand. A study conducted by the Oral Health Foundation linked bad mouth taste, or bad breath as a possible warning sign for hypertension.
It’s important to understand the risk factors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report about 1 of 3 U.S. adults—or about 75 million people—have high blood pressure, a “silent killer” that generally show no signs or symptoms. A study in the American Journal of Hypertension suggests gum disease and tooth loss may serve as a clinical warning sign for the risk of hypertension and that older postmenopausal women are at a higher risk. Three Rivers Dental understands the importance of patient-centered care when it comes to oral health and it’s connection to maintaining a healthy heart. Improved dental hygiene along with preventive measures like blood pressure monitoring and healthy lifestyle choices in diet and exercise, not smoking and lowering alcohol intake may reduce the risk.
At Three Rivers Dental we can work together to treat and even prevent periodontitis by establishing a regular oral health routine. Brushing teeth at least two minutes daily, twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing at least once a day and routine dental check-ups and cleanings every six months will not only prevent gum disease and provide healthy, beautiful smiles, but can improve wellness overall.
We’re in the business of helping our patients achieve healthy, beautiful smiles. Talk to our dental health professionals to learn more about gum disease, high blood pressure and your unique risks. Call 1-855-4-No Fears and make a plan to improve your dental health routine.