May is American Stroke Awareness Month and National High Blood Pressure Education Month, and recent studies have shown that there is a strong correlation between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease. The British Health Foundation conducted research to find out just how strong this correlation was. They concluded that “patients with periodontal disease have twice the risk of stroke than patients with diabetes.”
According to the American Academy of Periodontology, “half of Americans aged 30 or older have periodontitis.” This means that it is even more important for adults to practice proper oral hygiene. Not only will this lessen their chance of having periodontitis, it will decrease their risk of having high blood pressure and a stroke as a result of periodontal disease.
Prevention begins by making sure you are up-to-date on your professional cleanings and that you are receiving regular oral cancer screenings to detect oral inflammation.
Learn more about how periodontal disease can increase your risk for a stoke here!