'No clear evidence' treating gum disease cuts BP

Those with moderate to severe gum inflammation are 20% more likely to have hypertension

Periodontitis goes hand-in-hand with hypertension but there is no clear evidence that treating the gum disease will reduce blood pressure, a review has found.

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The findings, published in Cardiovascular Research, further cement the linear association that has been observed between periodontitis and high blood pressure, the UK researchers say.

In a systematic review and meta-analysis of 81 international studies, the University College London-led team compared data on the prevalence of hypertension in nearly 1.7 million patients with