Studies show that gum disease links to diabetes and stroke, but there is also evidence that it could affect blood pressure. One study from The Scientific World Journal estimates that there are over 700 different bacteria in the mouth. Periodontitis contributes to increased systemic immune response. The bacteria associated with periodontal infection not only invade the tissues in the mouth, but can enter the circulation system, attacking the arterial wall which leads to vascular inflammation and high blood pressure.
How Does Inflammation Affect Hypertension?
Inflammation is the immune response to stimuli such as pathogens or damaged cells in the body. Although inflammation is a defense mechanism, it can injure the healthy surrounding cells. Chronic inflammation can increase the risk of hypertension. Inflammation increases the C-reactive protein in the body. Studies show that patients with higher CRP levels have a higher risk of cardiovascular events. Higher blood pressure also leads to cardiovascular disease. Scientists still have a lot of research to do to fully understand the link between gum disease and high blood pressure, but the association exists.
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’s recommended that preventative measures to lower BP be included in the management of periodontitis. Not only will it benefit dental health, but your overall physical well-being by reducing the risk of stroke and heart attack.
Get a Healthier Smile Today
For professional gum disease treatment in Waco, TX, make an appointment with Dr. Miller or Dr. Hinds to assess the condition of your teeth and gums and to discuss your options. You can slow or even stop the progression of periodontal disease when you work with your dentist to take care of your mouth and gums. Make dental care part of your holistic approach to health. Call (254) 870-9026 today!