The Link Between Periodontal Disease And Hypertension

Nearly 75 percent of Americans visit a dentist yearly, though a cleaning every six months is recommended. Increasingly, however, the link between periodontal disease, or inflammation of the gum tissue, and hypertension suggests that better oral hygiene can play an important role in the early detection and prevention of the disease. Periodontal disease is associated with a 70 percent higher risk of heart disease and stroke and, in rare cases, oral infections can spread to the heart valves. Visiting a dentist twice a year not only improves oral hygiene and maintenance but can also detect hypertension early enough to receive treatment and lower the risk of heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure. More here.

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