High blood pressure is one of the most common cardiovascular diseases. Not infrequently he is a trigger of heart attacks and strokes.
In Germany, according to an investigation by the Robert Koch Institute, at almost every third person, a high blood pressure is measured.
Tooth losses can promote hypertension
Much exercise, a healthy, low-fat diet, little stress and reducing overweight apply as appropriate measures to protect yourself from the disease.
In addition, you should also invest in good dental care. Because, according to a study by the University at Buffalo (New York), healthy teeth can significantly reduce the risk of developing too high blood pressure.
The aim of the study was to examine a connection between dental hygiene and hypertension.
For this reason, researchers surveyed over 36,500 women in their postmenophobia (the last phase of menopause years) over the period from 1998 to 2015. In particular, they evaluated the condition of the teeth as well as the general health of the subjects.
After analysis, the researchers came to a surprising result: women who had lost teeth during the investigation period were more likely to suffer from high blood pressure than participants with no tooth loss.
Their risk of developing high blood pressure was increased by 20 percent according to the research report.
How can the connection be explained?
Why is there a connection between dental hygiene and high blood pressure levels is unclear. The scientists, however, suggest that tooth losses lead to changed nutritional patterns and, consequently, increase the risk of high blood pressure.
"We continue our research," said Joshua Gordon, another co-author of the study. "Future studies on the effect of tooth loss and dental hygiene on nutritional behavior, inflammation and bacterial living might give us new insights to the subject" .
In addition, the researchers want to encourage people with their studies – in addition to adequate exercise and a healthy diet – to look good on dental care.