A recent study conducted by Italian researchers, published in the American Heart Association’s Hypertension Journal found evidence linking gum disease with high blood pressure. As an association with an acute interest in the health of our residents, the Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA) wants Connecticut residents to know that oral health is a key component of overall health.
“Generally speaking, people tend to think of their health habits as distinct and separate,” offered Dr. David Fried, President, CSDA. “In reality, what you eat, how often you exercise, and oral health are all connected – they all affect each other.”
The study, which examined the relationship between periodontal disease – caused by a lack of brushing and flossing – and hypertension found participants who suffered from the disease were 20 percent less likely to be within the healthy blood pressure range. Additionally, results indicated those with healthy gums tended to have better blood pressure and responded positively to medication aimed at lowering it.
“This information is useful to anyone in the health care field,” explained Dr. Fried. “How patients take care of their teeth and gums may offer insights into other various aspects of their health.”
The CSDA would like to remind Connecticut residents that routine visits to the dentist remain a key aspect of maintaining dental health.