On this week’s episode of Fast Facts – Perio Edition your host, Katrina Sanders, RDH talks to us about an article in Hypertension, a journal issued by the American Heart Association in March of 2021 that discusses a causal link between periodontitis and hypertension.
“The study itself found that patients with severe perio, stage three and stage four gum disease were 2x more likely to have an elevated systolic blood pressure and 50% more likely to also have elevated diastolic blood pressures.”
“This elevated blood pressure, although usually asymptomatic, was occurring in individuals that were otherwise unaware that they were at an increased risk of cardiovascular complications.”
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Munoz, et al. Association Between Periodontitis and Blood Pressure Highlighted in Systemically Healthy Individuals. Hypertension. 2021. https://doi.org/10.1161/HPYERTENSIONAHA.120.16790