A new study published in the American Journal of Hypertension reveals that postmenopausal women who have lost their teeth are at a greater risk of hypertension or high blood pressure. The researchers who conducted the study found a connection between periodontal or gum and teeth diseases, and hypertension. The researchers pointed out that these women had approximately 20 percent higher risk of developing hypertension compared to other women. Jean Wactawski-Wende, a professor at the University of Buffalo said, “These findings suggest tooth loss may be an important factor in the development of hypertension."
Wactawski-Wende said that further research is required to determine the underlying mechanism of the diseases. The researchers suspect that it could be because after they lose teeth, menopausal women may switch to softer more processed foods which are easy to eat. Can DASH Diet Reduce Blood Pressure? Here Are 5 Things You Should Eat.
Increased consumption of these processed foods is linked to a higher risk of hypertension. Previous studies have linked tooth loss with hypertension. But additional research is needed to clarify the link.
Joshua H Gordon, the lead author of the study, said that the researchers are exploring all the underlying reasons. Future studies on the impact of tooth loss on dietary patterns, inflammation and oral bacteria will provide more insight into the connection.
Improved dental hygiene among those who experience tooth loss, dietary modification, daily BP monitoring, physical activity and weight loss can reduce the risk of hypertension. DASH (Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension) Diet can also work towards reducing high BP risk. Eating a diet rich in fibre, nutrients, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants can help in reducing blood pressure.