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Good Oral Health May Help Control Hypertension

Good oral health habits will give you the benefit of a healthy, beautiful smile you can enjoy for a long time. Aside from ensuring that you avoid the high cost and discomfort that dental problems may bring, brushing your teeth and regular dental check-ups can also have other benefits to your overall health. One of these benefits is associated with your blood pressure level.

According to a study conducted by the American Heart Association, those who are taking medication for high blood pressure while enjoying good oral health are more likely to feel the positive effects of the medications. Based on the research, patients who have healthier gums tend to have lower blood pressure and have a better response to taking medications that lower blood the blood pressure. This is compared to individuals who have poor oral health and are suffering from severe gum disease or periodontitis. As such, it was recommended that patients with periodontal disease be monitored for elevated blood pressure. Similarly, those who are diagnosed with hypertension are considered to reap more health benefits with a visit to the dentist.

Keeping your teeth and gums healthy will go a long way to ensuring that you will get to enjoy your gorgeous smiles for a long time. And as this study shows, having good dental health will also benefit your overall physiological health by helping reduce your risk for high blood pressure, and by increasing the good response to the medications to control hypertension. 

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