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Poor Oral Health Linked to Higher Blood Pressure

People with high blood pressure taking medications for their condition are more likely to benefit from their therapy if they have good oral health, according to new research in the american Heart Association’s journal Hypertension.

Findings of the analysis based on a review of medical and dental records of more than 3,600 people with high blood pressure, reveal that those with healthier gums have lower blood pressure and respond better to blood pressure lowering medications compared to individuals who have periodontists. Specifically, people with periodontal disease were 20 percent less likely to reach healthy blood pressure ranges compared with patients with good oral health.

*From January 2019 CDA Journal, Vol 47, N* 1 page 10.

~Dr. Doug

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