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Can High Blood Pressure Impact Your Oral Health?

Posted on 3/15/2017 by Office - Boone DMD
A man suffering from dry mouth; because of high blood pressure.
Do you suffer from high blood pressure? If so, you may want to make sure your dentist is aware of this condition. High blood pressure is often a precursor to heart disease. Both of these can contribute to problems with your oral health, and the other way around.

The condition of your mouth can also increase your chances of developing both high blood pressure and heart disease. There is a very strong correlation between oral health and heart health, so you need to make sure you are doing everything you can to take care of both.

What High Blood Pressure Can Do To Your Mouth

High blood pressure often leaves you tired and exasperated. This can leave you breathing through your mouth, causing dry mouth. Plus, many of the medications that treat high blood pressure decrease how much you salivate. Dry mouth can increase your chances of developing cavities, plus it can leave your oral tissues brittle.

Most of the medications that are meant to help with high blood pressure are also known to cause issues with your gums, causing gum disease. This can cause your teeth to become loose or fall out, and leave you with even more problems when it comes to keeping your mouth healthy.

Ideally, you want to make sure you are taking care of your mouth just as actively as you are taking care of your heart. You want to be doing cardio 3-4 times per week for at least a half hour at a time.

Plus, you want to be brushing twice per day, flossing once, and visiting your dentist every six months. That way, your high blood pressure is able to be monitored, as is the level of oral health that you are at now, and as you continue along your battle for better health.

Please contact our office if you have any questions about high blood pressures effects on your oral health.
Margaret A. Boone, DMD
30485 SW Boones Ferry Rd, Suite 203
Wilsonville, OR 97070

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