The American Heart Association recently released a study showing that people with high blood pressure (also known as hypertension) can be better controlled when the mouth is healthy. The study also showed that people with periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) can worsen blood pressure and interfere with treatment. What does this link between gum disease and hypertension mean to you? Well, if you have been in a battle with high blood pressure, you may need to visit the dentist to check on your oral health. Conversely, if you have been battling gum disease, you may need to visit your doctor to check on your blood pressure. Improving your gum health could help lower your blood pressure, which can lower your risk of heart disease and stroke. Dr. Young and his team in Lafayette, LA are here to help you keep you and your smile in good health.
Signs of Gum Disease
- Gums that are red, swollen, or puffy in appearance
- Frequent bad breath
- Frequent bad taste in your mouth
- Gums that bleed when you brush or floss
- Gums that bleed when you eat
- Gum tissue pulling away from your teeth
- Loose or shifting teeth
Steps to Prevent Gum Disease
Not only can gum disease prevention help lower your blood pressure, it can also keep your smile healthy. Periodontal disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss. To help prevent gum disease, it is important to keep your smile clear of harmful bacteria as often as you can. Brushing twice daily, flossing at least once a day, drinking water, and routine dental cleanings are all important ways to keep dangerous bacteria from inflaming your gum tissue. Mindful eating and good nutrition can also help keep gum disease away as well as help keep your blood pressure at healthy levels.
Smile health is important to overall health
Protecting your smile can help keep your blood pressure at healthy levels. To schedule a consultation, call the office of Michael J. Young, DDS, in Lafayette, LA, today at 337-237-6453. We proudly serve patients from Breaux Bridge, Broussard, Scott, Youngsville, and surrounding communities