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Can Gum Disease Lead to High Blood Pressure?

April 2, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — lapalcodental @ 6:39 pm
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Keeping your body healthy is no easy task! Among the many things to monitor and keep an eye on, your blood pressure is very important; every major organ in your body receives oxygen and nutrients through your blood, so maintaining optimal blood flow is crucial. However, did you know that periodontal disease can increase your risk of high blood pressure? Here’s what your dentist wants you to know about the connection between gum disease and blood pressure, along with some tips for protecting yourself.

The Link Between Gum Disease and High Blood Pressure

Periodontal (gum) disease occurs when bacteria remain on the teeth for too long; plaque will form and eventually turn to tartar, which will then work its way between the gumline and the teeth. When this happens, infection can spawn, and the gums can become inflamed.

This inflammation is very problematic; it allows bacteria from your mouth to escape into your bloodstream, which can actually affect and inhibit your blood flow. Hypertension (high-blood pressure) is caused by a strain in the bloodstream—and your body must work extra hard if it’s pumping blood that’s filled with inflammatory bacteria!

Tips For Preventing Gum Disease

There are many things you can do to prevent gum disease, and it starts with knowing what symptoms to look for:

  • Chronic bad breath
  • Gum recession
  • Swollen, red, or bleeding gums
  • Loose teeth

Since there is a strong connection between gum disease and hypertension, protecting your gums will also help to protect you from heart problems related to high blood pressure. Because high blood pressure has no outward symptoms, this is also a cost-effective way of managing it. Some effective ways to protect and preserve your gums include:

  • Brushing your teeth and flossing daily can reduce the buildup of plaque between your teeth.
  • Avoid smoking or using tobacco—these greatly increase the risk of a serious problem developing.
  • Drink plenty of water to keep the mouth hydrated and to help rinse away bacteria.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet filled with natural fruits and vegetables and avoid processed and sugary foods.
  • Visit your dentist at least twice a year for regular checkups.

The connection between gum disease and high blood pressure is clear. However, there are many methods you can implement into your daily life that will certainly lower your risk of gum disease, and in turn, high blood pressure.

About the Practice

Lapalco Family Dental has proudly served patients in the Marrero community for over 30 years! The practice is owned and operated by Dr. C.J. Landry, who received his DDS from the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry in New Orleans and has completed thousands of hours of continuing education in endodontics, orthodontics, prosthodontics and more. If you have any questions about gum disease or would like to schedule an appointment, you can contact the practice at their website or by telephone: (504) 348-0080.

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