Relationship between oral hygiene, periodontitis, elevated blood pressure and arterial hypertension

Expiry Date
: 01/05/2026
CPD Units
: 3.00 Points
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Periodontitis is associated with poor oral hygiene, increased risk of periodontitis, increase in blood pressure and arterial hypertension.

Keywords: Periodontitis, risks, blood pressure, hypertension, oral hygiene, chlorhexidine mouthwash

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Educational Objectives

Educational Aim:
The aim of this article is firstly, to inform dental and general practitioners on the relationship between periodontitis and arterial hypertension increase, and secondly to raise their awareness of the risks and prevention of arterial hypertension.

Editor's comments:
Periodontitis is a chronic systemic disease of public health importance. It occurs in about 50% of the world’s population. Periodontitis leads to increase in blood pressure, increasing risk in arterial hypertension. This review suggests that treatment of periodontal disease is important in preventing arterial hypertension and a method of increasing the effectiveness of antihypertensive treatment.

Educational Outcomes:
Upon completion of this module practitioners should have a clear understanding of:

  1. Epidemiology of periodontitis and arterial hypertension.

  2. Role of the microbiome in blood pressure regulation.
  3. Periodontitis and blood pressure.
  4. Periodontitis and the risk of arterial hypertension.
  5. Pathophysiology of arterial hypertension in patients with periodontitis.
  6. Use of mouthwash and the risk of arterial hypertension.

Instructions for this Module

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  • The pass grade is 70%;
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