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| Daily Mail – Brushing and flossing your teeth could keep you from getting high blood pressure, a new study claims.
Researchers say those who have healthier gums and little tooth decay have lower blood pressure and benefit more from their hypertension medications.
Specifically, patients with hypertension and inflamed gums are 20 percent less likely to have their blood pressure in a healthy range compared to patients with no signs of periodontal disease.
The team, from the University of L’Aquila in Italy, says the findings show those with gum disease might need to have their blood pressure monitored more regularly and those with hypertension may benefit from routine dental care.
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is when the force of the blood flowing through your blood vessels is always high.
It is estimated that one in three US adults have high blood pressure, increasing the risk of heart attacks, kidney disease, and strokes.
Hypertension is known as a ‘silent killer’ because most Americans with the condition do not know they have it.
It is also a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, which is the number one killer in every country including the US.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 54 percent have their high blood pressure under control from medication, exercise, diet or a combination.
For the study, the team looked at the records of more than 11,700 Americans who took part in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 2009 and 2014 and were checked for periodontal disease.
Almost 4,100 people were diagnosed with hypertension. About 88 percent were taking medication to treat the condition and around 11 percent were not.
The researchers found that people who had periodontal disease were 20 percent less likely to fall in healthy blood pressure ranges compared to those with good oral health. Read more.