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"Patients with high blood pressure and the clinicians who care for them should be aware that good oral health may be just as important in controlling the condition as are several lifestyle interventions known to help control blood pressure, such as a low-salt diet, regular exercise and weight control," lead author Davide Pietropaoli said in a statement.
While the scientists do not yet understand why poor oral hygiene is associated with hypertension, they believe those with gum illnesses should monitor their blood pressure more closely and seek dental treatment.
“Physicians should pay close attention to patients' oral health, particularly those receiving treatment for hypertension, and urge those with signs of periodontal disease to seek dental care,” Pietropaoli said. “Likewise, dental health professionals should be aware that oral health is indispensable to overall physiological health, including cardiovascular status.”
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