Possible link between tooth loss and high blood pressure in women

21 December 2018

A report out of the University at Buffalo (USA) suggests that postmenopausal women who have experienced tooth loss may be at increased risk of developing higher blood pressure. 

Based on a study encompassing over 36,000 postmenopausal women, the findings sought to provide more insight on a suggested relationship between periodontal disease and tooth loss that had been suggested in multiple previous studies from around the world. 

Researchers discovered “a positive association” between tooth loss and hypertension in the targeted demographic, one that might have a number of possible explanations including dietary patterns, a lack of physical activity and weigh gain. 

To combat this, “researchers believe improved dental hygiene among those at risk for tooth loss as well as preventive measures such as closer blood pressure monitoring, dietary modification, physical activity, and weight loss may reduce the risk of hypertension.” (Dentistry Today) 

According to senior report author Jean Wactawski-Wende, PhD, of the School of Public Health and Health Professions at the University at Buffalo, “These findings suggest tooth loss may be an important factor in the development of hypertension. Further research may help us to determine the underlying mechanisms by which these two common diseases are associated.”  

For more information, go to “Women With Tooth Loss Face Greater High Blood Pressure Risk”