Your Next Dental Visit Could Lower Your Blood Pressure
Based on a study announce by the American Heart Association on November 14, 2017, a visit to your dental office may help lower your blood pressure reading–significantly. The study found that patients diagnosed with periodontitis (gum disease) receiving periodontal scaling and root planing treatment (a deep cleaning), had systolic blood pressure lower by nearly 13 points and diastolic blood pressure lower by nearly 10 points six months after treatment.
Also announced this week, the American Heart Association lowered the high blood pressure definition to a reading of 130/80 or greater (it was previously 140/90) meaning that millions more of Americans will be classified as having high blood pressure.
Read more about the new blood pressure guidelines and the connection between treating gum disease and lowering blood pressure, here: