Oct 11, 2019

New research has unveiled an illusive connection between postmenopausal symptoms, tooth loss, and an increased risk of developing high blood pressure. While the relationship between the three isn’t exactly clear, it makes sense that all of these would be related. When you visit your dentist for checkups and cleanings every six months, they ensure that you have good overall health by examining your mouth, because your body is connected. Read on to learn what you’re at risk for if you’re postmenopausal.

What Does The Research Say?

In a study published in the American Journal of Hypertension, researchers examined the link between gum disease and tooth loss, and hypertension, or high blood pressure. They examined 36,692 postmenopausal participants and followed them annually from 1998 through 2015. After they had an oral health assessment, they kept track of any newly diagnosed hypertension and established a link between tooth loss and high blood pressure.

The results showed that postmenopausal participants that suffered from gum disease and tooth loss have about a 20 percent higher chance of developing high blood pressure compared to their control group. The link was even stronger for participants who were younger and had a lower BMI.

How Is Tooth Loss Associated With High Blood Pressure?

There are multiple explanations for why these results were witnessed, but the exact relationship still remains unclear. One possible reason is that when people suffer from tooth loss, they’re not able to easily eat all the foods they used to. This means that their changes in diet could put them at an increased risk of experiencing high blood pressure.

Other researchers involved in the study predicted that improved dental hygiene among the group of participants at the highest risk, could help stabilize their blood pressure. It’s not only about improved oral hygiene though, it also involves physical activity, weight loss, a healthy diet, and close blood pressure monitoring. Overall, researchers stated that there needs to be further research conducted to establish a clear link, but their findings could be an important development in reducing high blood pressure in postmenopausal people.

How Can You Protect Your Health If You’re Postmenopausal?

If you’re postmenopausal, it’s important to know that you could be at an increased risk for hypertension, and that making certain changes to your daily lifestyle can help reduce your risk. Protecting your health can prevent serious conditions from arising and maintain your wellbeing. Here are some tips to help:

  • Maintain a nutritious diet.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Brush twice each day using fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss daily.
  • Address oral health issues sooner rather than later.
  • Regularly monitor your blood pressure.
  • Visit your dentist every six months for a checkup and cleaning.

The best way to prevent oral and health conditions from arising is to establish preventive measures that you discuss with medical professionals and your dentist. With guidance from them, you’ll be able to stabilize your blood pressure and look after your overall wellbeing.

About the Author

Dr. Mesh has completed over 1,000 hours of continuing education since graduating from dental school and is committed to sharpening his skills and expanding his knowledge to meet his patients’ needs. His dental concentrations are comprehensively treating a patient’s entire oral system, leaving them with a healthy and happy smile. As a member of several professional organizations, he’s also up-to-date with all the latest dental technology. For questions or to schedule a routine checkup and cleaning, visit Tarpon Shores Dental’s website or call 941-548-1351.