Why BP patients may need a trip to the dentist

Gum disease affects hypertension medications, study shows

Poor oral health makes it harder for people with hypertension to manage their blood pressure, a study suggests.

Among people being treated for hypertension, those with gum disease have average blood pressure readings 2-3mmHg higher than those without.

They're also less likely to have their pressure under control with medication, an Italian study shows.

Lead researcher Dr Davide Pietropaoli says the finding that periodontal disease can affect the efficacy of medications for high blood pressure is surprising.

Dr Pietropaoli and his team analysed data from the annual US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 2009 and 2014 on adults over the age of 30 with hypertension who underwent a dental exam.

The study included 3626 participants who said they were currently taking antihypertensives and 460 who were not.

Based on the dental exams, about 52% of