Edentulism linked to hypertension in postmenopausal women

The risk is higher in women under 60, a study finds

Loss of all natural teeth in postmenopausal women may flag increased hypertension risk, according to findings from a large observational study.

Data from more than 36,000 women enrolled in the US Women’s Health Initiative observational study found a significant, albeit modest, increased risk of high blood pressure among those without any teeth compared with dentate women.