Hypertension and periodontitis: silent allies
A condition which needs urgent attention, says Artedental
Hypertension is a silent disease that affects more than 30 per cent of the population, according to a study published by the AHA (American Heart Association).
This pathology that causes myocardial infarctions and strokes is one of the biggest causes of mortality in the world. But what relationship does it have with the care of our oral health? The answer is, a lot.
One of these conditions to which attention should be paid is periodontitis, caused by bacteria found in the mouth that affect the tissues that support the tooth. Cases that are not treated in time lead to the loss of teeth and in turn affect cardiovascular health.
The expert team at Artedental in Puerto de la Cruz, a clinic accustomed to treating patients with complex cases of periodontitis, recommends both preventive measures and timely treatment. Not only because of the preservation of teeth but also because it has been shown to improve blood pressure values.
The study, conducted by Guangzhou University in China, also reveals that after one month of starting treatment for periodontitis, the levels of systolic pressure (maximum pressure exerted by the heart when it beats) drop three points while at six months of treatment the improvement is thirteen points for this level, and about ten in diastolic pressure (pressure of the arteries that exists between one beat and another).
The goal of periodontitis treatment is the thorough cleaning of the bags that exist around the teeth and prevent damage to the surrounding bone. The duration of this treatment may vary de-pending on the degree of condition the patient has, so an early diagnosis can prevent it from being prolonged in time and the associated high costs. This is one of the reasons why long-term trips tend to be the most profitable in terms of dental treatments outside countries like the United Kingdom. Making an appoint-ment at the beginning and end of the stay can be a solution as well as a better follow-up in the treatment.
Whether a periodontal surgery or scraping is necessary, the patient usually goes to review during the first three months of starting treatment. This will depend on the degree of the patient’s condition and their colla-boration by modifying their oral hygiene habits.
Being attentive to the symptoms that periodontitis can present is one of Artedental’s suggestions. Among them we find: bleeding gums, hypersensitivity, a consequence of root exposure when the bone is lost and the gum that covers it. The mobility of teeth may also be affected, together with the presence of halitosis.