Poor oral health can lead to a variety of health problems.
Now, researchers have concluded health issues with your gums may also make it more difficult to manage high blood pressure.
Researchers in Italy say that people with hypertension who also have gum disease have blood pressure readings that are higher on average than those without gum disease.
The study is the first to identify a link between gum disease and uncontrolled blood pressure.
Those with hypertension and gum disease were found to be 20 percent more likely to have their hypertension not controlled with medication, when compared with patients with hypertension who didn’t have gum disease.
The Italian researchers examined data from the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 2009 and 2014 of adults over age 30 with hypertension and who underwent a dental exam.
About 52 percent of those studied had gum disease, formally known as periodontal disease.
Most of those surveyed had a gum disease considered to be moderately severe, while 3 percent had a mild case and 12 percent had severe gum disease.
Blood pressure progressively increased from those with mild to moderate cases to those with severe cases.
Blood pressure control was worse in patients with gum disease than those without across all age groups surveyed.