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High Blood Pressure

Hypertension and oral manifestation

12/13/2000

Question:

how hypertension is related to oral cavities

Answer:

Hypertension is not known to cause tooth decay nor oral ulcers. Calcium channel blockers, a group of medications used to treat high blood pressure, can sometimes cause swollen gums. This condition is called gingival hyperplasia and is not associated with oral ulcers.

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Response by:

Max C Reif, MD Max C Reif, MD
Professor of Medicine
Director of Hypertension Section
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati