It’s widely known that patients with periodontal disease face a higher risk of various health issues, including heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, premature delivery or miscarriage, and respiratory problems. While good oral healthcare can help mitigate these risks, recent research presented to the American Heart Association (AHA) has shown a direct link between intensive periodontal care and reduced blood pressure levels.

At the 2017 annual AHA meeting in Anaheim, CA, a groundbreaking study revealed that periodontal care can effectively lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation, and decrease the risk of cardiovascular events. Led by Dr. Jun Tao, MD, PhD from the First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China, the study involved 107 Chinese men with mild to severe periodontitis who received different levels of periodontal care over a six-month period. Those who underwent more intensive care experienced a significant reduction in blood pressure levels compared to those who received basic care.

While most people understand the importance of professional oral care for maintaining oral health, few recognize the potential risks of poor oral health to overall well-being. Untreated periodontal disease is linked to several serious and potentially life-threatening conditions. Thanks to Dr. Tao’s research, we now have conclusive evidence that periodontal care not only reduces the risk of heart issues but also lowers blood pressure and promotes a healthier heart.

Whether you currently have periodontal disease or heart issues, or you’re concerned about developing them in the future, it’s never too early to seek periodontal diagnosis and care. With nearly half of US adults estimated to have mild to severe gum disease according to the CDC, it’s essential to take action to protect your health. Don’t risk becoming a statistic; contact Dr. Joshua Sun and our team at Albuquerque Periodontal & Implant Specialists Inc. today to schedule an appointment and discover the life-saving benefits of periodontal care.

Albuquerque Periodontal & Implant Specialists Inc.
Phone: 505-275-0500
8400 Osuna Road NE, Suite 1A
Albuquerque, NM 87111