High Blood Pressure & Oral Bacteria

Blood pressure and oral bacteria

There is a growing understanding that dental health is linked to overall health, and we want you to be updated on this topic. In a study of more than 1,200 American women with an average age of 63, scientists found some oral bacteria were associated with the development of high blood pressure. These findings were published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Although the study was an observational study, the findings highlight the possibility of enhancing high blood pressure prevention through targeted oral care, researchers said.

In this study, researchers recorded blood pressure and collected oral plaque from below the gum line, where some bacteria keep gum and tooth structures healthy, while others cause gum and periodontal disease. A total of 245 strains of bacteria were identified in the plaque samples.

The analysis found:

  • 10 bacteria were associated with a 10% to 16% higher risk of developing high blood pressure;
  • and five other kinds of bacteria were associated with a 9% to 18% lower hypertension risk.

Even after factoring in demographic, clinical and lifestyle factors (such as older age, high cholesterol, diet and tobacco use) that also influence the development of high blood pressure, the results remained consistent. The risk of heart disease and stroke is increased with high blood pressure. In the United States, nearly half of adults have high blood pressure, so it is increasingly important to find new approaches to prevent this disease.

*The information contained in this post should not be used as a substitute for the advice of an appropriately licensed health care provider. The information provided here is for informational purposes only and not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Although we attempt to provide accurate and up-to-date information, no guarantee is made to that effect. Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical or dental condition.

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