How the Risk of Hypertension Rises with Gum Disease
Posted on 1/15/2020 by Jared Pell, DDS
It is widely known that far more people have gum disease than those who realize it. However, what those people need to know is that their untreated gum disease holds problems for the rest of their body at the same time.
This means that if the gum disease goes on without treatment, not only are the teeth affected, but so is the rest of the body. It can increase risks of developing issues like diabetes and hypertension, or chronic problems with high blood pressure.
Treating Gum Disease Can Reduce the Risk of Hypertension
When gum disease is an issue, it can lead to issues all over the body. One area that is often overlooked is when a patient has high blood pressure. As a dentist, we do not typically ask you about your blood pressure at appointments, so we do not always see the connection. However, we do know that the ailments are connected. By seeking treatment for gum disease from us, it can also help the rest of your body. It can naturally reduce your blood pressure and even decrease the risk of chronic high blood pressure.
On top of helping with blood pressure, treating gum disease, especially at its earliest stages, means that we can also help the rest of your body be healthier. Treating gum disease can help with weight loss, reducing the risks of diabetes, cut the risk of stroke, and even help patients avoid problems like heart disease.
Gum disease is more than an ailment affecting your gums and teeth. It is connected to the rest of your mouth. Call our office for an exam today. We can have you come in and make sure that you are not one of the many American's with untreated gum disease. If you are, we can help set up a treatment plan to keep you as healthy as possible.