01 March 2019
Lower the risk of developing high blood pressure

Cleaning between your teeth regularly and avoiding gum disease can lower your risk of developing high blood pressure (hypertension), according to the findings of a new study.

The American research suggests that post-menopausal women who have suffered from tooth loss (often the result of gum disease) are 20% more likely to develop hypertension. The comprehensive study involved more than 35,000 women from across the US who were monitored annually for nearly two decades.

Researchers involved in the study believe that improved dental hygiene in general is key to reducing the risk of hypertension for all of us.

Taking care of our oral health earlier on in life will provide us with many benefits as we enter our later years. This is the latest study which illustrates there is a strong link between the health of our mouth and the rest of our body.

Published in the American Journal of Hypertension, the research reinforces the need to make interdental cleaning part of our daily routine. Avoiding gum disease is a big part of lowering your risk of developing many general health conditions. In addition to an increased risk of high blood pressure, gum disease has also been linked with many conditions such as diabetes, strokes and cardiovascular disease.

However, the good news is that gum disease is entirely preventable and treatable.

The best way to avoid problems like gum disease? Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, clean in between your teeth once a day using interdental brushes and maintain regular visits to the dentist. In the grand scheme of things, it takes a relatively small amount of time each day to keep our teeth and gums clean but it can lead to a lifetime of health benefits.

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