Specialist Dental Group - Dental Clinic in Singapore

Reviewed By

Dr Ansgar C. Cheng, Prosthodontics ,
BDS (Hong Kong), MS (Northwestern, USA), Cert. Prosthodontics (Northwestern, USA), FRCD (Canada), FRACDS (Australia), FAM (Singapore)

J. Lee

There have been scientific studies done to show the link of advanced gum disease (periodontitis) and hypertension. In order to investigate deeper into the nature of association between periodontitis and hypertension, a new study was done at University College London.

The study of 250 participants with periodontitis found that people with periodontitis were 2.3 times more likely to have systolic blood pressure above the medical threshold of hypertension of 140mmHg. Their diastolic blood pressure is also elevated by 2.16 mmHg compared to those who are not suffering from gum disease.

Periodontitis is the advanced stage and most serious form of gum disease. When early stages of gum disease (gingivitis) is left untreated, it will eventually progress to periodontitis, causing tooth loss.

Related: A Comprehensive Guide to Gum Treatment in Singapore

Systolic blood pressure (top number) measures the force your heart exerts on the walls of your arteries each time it beats. While diastolic blood pressure (bottom number) measures the force your heart exerts on the walls of your arteries each time it rests between beats.

When one’s blood pressure is constantly high (ie. high blood pressure), it means that one has hypertension. Hypertension is usually without symptoms and leads to other serious medical problems such as heart attack, stroke, heart failure and kidney failure.

Other findings from the study shows that 14% of participants with periodontitis had systolic blood pressure above 140mmHg. On contrary, only 7% of participants with good oral health had high systolic blood pressure.

Independent of common cardiovascular risk factors, the diagnosis of periodontal disease is associated with higher odds of hypertension. This further emphasizes on the importance of having good oral health.

If you suspect you are suffering from gum disease, seek professional help immediately to prevent the condition from deteriorating. Early stages of gum disease is reversible and can be treated. Symptoms of gum disease include bleeding gums, persistent bad breath, receding gums, changes in teeth and gums, and tooth loss.

Adopt the following good oral care habits for a healthy smile and a healthy body.

  • brushing at least two times a day, for at least two minutes each time
  • floss once a day and
  • visit your dental specialist / dentist two times a year.

Our team of dental specialists

Specialist Dental Group has a team of dental specialists who are experienced in treating patients with gum disease. You can expect personalised treatments to preserve the health of your gums and overall oral health. Common periodontal procedures include scaling and root planing, gum surgery, crown lengthening and gum grafting. Enjoy peace of mind in the hands of

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Our Awards & Achievements

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Singapore Quality Class
with Service Niche / Enterprise Singapore / 2019

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Bronze Award
Singapore HEALTH Award
2014

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Best Healthcare Experience
Singapore Experience Awards 2012

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Singapore Prestige Brand Award 2011

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