The Link Between Oral Health and Blood Pressure

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As people age, certain daily activities of living can become more difficult than they were in the past. One task that can be hard is brushing teeth. Arthritic hands with poor grip and hands that tremble can make holding a toothbrush or putting toothpaste on it hard to do. However, good oral health is important no matter what a person’s age is. In fact, a new study shows there is a link between oral health and blood pressure.

Elderly Care Shelby OH - The Link Between Oral Health and Blood Pressure

Elderly Care Shelby OH – The Link Between Oral Health and Blood Pressure

How Oral Health Impacts Blood Pressure

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around one-fifth of people aged 65 and older suffers from gum disease. Researchers from the University College London Eastman Dental Institute in the United Kingdom wanted to know how severe gum disease might affect blood pressure. To find out, they reviewed information gathered during 81 previous studies.

The results of the study showed that individuals who had moderate to severe gum disease had a 22 percent higher risk of having high blood pressure. The scientists think that inflammation may be the culprit. They speculate that the bacteria involved in gum disease could trigger an inflammatory response and the inflammation might then lead to high blood pressure.

Other Reasons to Improve Oral Health in Seniors

Reducing the chances of high blood pressure isn’t the only reason for older adults to maintain good oral health. There are several other ways that poor oral health can affect quality of life and health, such as:

Self-esteem: Having bad breath and teeth that are in bad shape can affect the way an older adult sees themselves. They may be reluctant to interact with others, which may leave them feeling lonely.

Eating: Tooth decay and gum disease can be painful, which may affect the senior’s ability to eat. Avoiding eating certain foods can limit the vitamins and minerals the older adult is getting, which can negatively affect their overall health.

Pain: Being in pain is no fun for people of any age. The pain of poor oral health can make the older adult irritable and miserable.

Elderly care providers can help older adults to continue taking good care of their teeth and gums. An elderly care provider can assist with every step of the process, from helping the older adult to put toothpaste on the brush to filling a cup to rinse from. If your aging relative wears dentures, an elderly care provider can help them to keep their dentures clean and also to care for their gums. Finally, elderly care providers can drive seniors to their dental appointments, so they can continue receiving regular checkups.


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About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.