Does Gum Disease Increase High Blood Pressure?

Does Gum Disease Increase High Blood Pressure?

You know that gum disease contributes to a number of oral health issues including decay and tooth loss. But did you know that gum disease can promote other health issues, including high blood pressure (hypertension)?

Recent findings from the study of a 2009-2014 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey indicate a link between gum disease and increased blood pressure levels. The study performed by a group of Italian researchers found that adults over the age of 30 with both hypertension and gum disease were 20 percent more likely to be unable to control their high blood pressure with medication than adults over 30 with hypertension who did not have gum disease. Read more on the findings here.



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