Research has consistently linked gum disease to many health problems, including high blood pressure; and gum disease seems to share many risk factors with high blood pressure. Additionally, oral bacteria associated with gum disease have been linked with influencing inflammation within heart valves and blood vessels.

A common oral health issue in this case is periodontal disease. This is a common condition that negatively impacts the lives of many. It is a severe form of gum disease with features like gum inflammation, bone loss, and even tooth loss. The common culprit is bacterial dental plaque. When oral hygiene is overlooked, harmful bacteria within the mouth can lead to infection and progressive gum disease. Left untreated, the infection can spread to other parts of the body and the resulting inflammatory response can lead to many systemic health issues.

How to Prevent Periodontal Disease.

​​Preventing gum disease starts with having proper oral hygiene. When foods and drinks are consumed, bacteria feed off the sugars and in turn produce acids that can breakdown your tooth enamel and surrounding oral tissues if not removed.

Brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing daily is necessary to reduce harmful bacteria from within your mouth.

Regular dental check-ups are also necessary for prevention and management of oral conditions.

In addition, avoiding tobacco use, limiting alcohol consumption, and implementing a healthy diet and routine physical activity can help you fight against gum disease and hypertension.

It is important to keep in mind that the mouth is a window into the rest of your body, so maintaining the health of your mouth is key to keeping your overall health on track.

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