Maintain Your Blood Pressure: 5 Tips
Sometimes people don’t pay attention to the dangers of hypertension (aka high blood pressure) because in most cases there are no side effects. High blood pressure can affect your health, including your dental health.
You may feel completely normal, but when you have high blood pressure (above 140/90), your body is in danger of a stroke, heart attack, heart failure, kidney disease or early death. In addition, many high blood pressure treatments can cause dry mouth, gingivitis and other dental conditions.
May is National Blood Pressure Awareness Month, and since your overall health can affect your dental health, here are 5 ways to control your blood pressure. With these easy tips you will look better, feel better and hopefully prevent any life-threatening conditions.
Follow a healthy eating plan – The D.A.S.H (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet is endorsed by the American Heart Association and can help reduce your blood pressure, sometimes even without medication.
Reduce sodium in your diet – It is believed a diet high in sodium contributes to hypertension.
Increase your physical activity – Even walking 30 minutes a day will help lower your blood pressure.
Limit your alcohol consumption – Recommended consumption is 1 drink a day for women and 2 drinks a day for men.
Quit smoking – This tip will help with your oral health too!
Make sure to get regular blood pressure readings. If you know your risk, you can fix the problem before it gets too serious. A healthy heart is a happy heart!