Gum disease and tooth loss linked to high blood pressure in older women, research shows

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11 December 2018 by Oral Health Foundation

Cleaning between your teeth regularly and avoiding gum disease can lower your risk of developing high blood pressure, according to the findings of a new study.

The research suggests that post-menopausal women who have suffered from tooth loss are 20% more likely to develop hypertension.

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The comprehensive study involved more than 35,000 women who were monitored annually for nearly two decades. Researchers involved in the study believe that improved dental hygiene in general is key to reducing the risk of hypertension.

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