Studies show that gum disease correlates with diabetes and stroke, but there is evidence that it may affect blood pressure as well. One study in The Scientific World Journal estimates that the mouth contains over 700 different bacteria. Periodontitis helps increase systemic immune response.
In addition to invading the tissues in the mouth, the bacteria associated with periodontal infection can enter the circulation system, attacking the arterial wall which leads to inflammation of the vascular and high blood pressure.
How Does Inflammation Affect Hypertension?
Inflammation is the immune response in the body to stimuli such as pathogenic agents or weakened cells. Although inflammation is a defense mechanism, it can cause injury to the healthy cells around it. Chronic inflammation may increase the risk of developing hypertension. Inflammation heightens the body’s C-reactive protein.
Studies show patients with higher levels of CRP have an increased risk of cardiovascular events. Higher blood pressure causes cardiovascular disease, too. Scientists still have a lot of research to do in order to fully understand the connection between gum disease and high blood pressure, but there is an association.
Treatment of Gum Disease
Gum disease responds well to treatment. Your dentist will recommend therapy based on the stage of gum disease that you’re in. Treatment options include:
- Scaling and root planing (deep cleaning)
- Laser treatment
It is recommended that preventive measures to lower BP should be included in periodontitis management. It will benefit not only dental health but also your overall physical well-being by reducing your risk of stroke and heart attack.
Get a Healthier Smile Today
Make a consultation with Dr. Richard Weimar for qualified gum disease care to determine your teeth and gums health and explore your options. If you consult with your dentist to take care of your teeth and gums you can delay or even halt the development of periodontal disease. Make dental care an integral part of your approach to health.
published on February 5, 2020