"These findings suggest tooth loss may be an important factor in the development of hypertension," coauthor Jean Wactawski-Wende said in a statement.
While scientists are unsure why there is a relationship between the two factors, they believe tooth loss could lead to changes in dietary patterns that could be linked with higher risk of hypertension.
“We are continuing to explore the underlying reasons for the association between tooth loss and hypertension,” coauthor Joshua Gordon added. “Future studies on the impact of tooth loss on dietary patterns, inflammation, and the communities of bacteria that live in the mouth may give us further insight into this association.”
In the meantime, the analyst are encouraging adults to practice good dental hygiene as well as preventive measures such as dietary modification, physical activity, and weight loss that may reduce the risk of hypertension.
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