Did you know that May is National Blood Pressure Month? About 11 million U.S. adults with high blood pressure don’t even know they have it!
Blood pressure readings are at a doctor’s office, but they have become a standard of care at some dental offices.
Why would a dental office take your blood pressure? Taking these readings help determine if it’s too high. Then, the dentist may have to postpone cleanings and other dental work.
Early Warning Signs
If you don’t have regular physical exams done, having readings taken during dental exams can help find out if they have abnormal readings. You can then make an appointment with your doctor to follow up on the readings.
If it’s high, there may be certain symptoms to look out for like:
- Severe headache
- Vision problems
- Chest pains
- Difficulty breathing
- Irregular heartbeat
- Blood in your urine
Blood Pressure and Oral Hygiene
Patients with high blood pressure might not be able to have dental work performed until their readings are brought down to a safer level. Undergoing dental work, including cleanings, fillings or root canals, can result in an increase in levels.
You should also keep in mind that medications can affect oral health. Some medications can cause problems such as a dry mouth, which can lead to a higher risk of tooth decay.
We at Dr. Nick’s WHITE & healthy care about your overall health. If it is time for your next exam and cleaning, contact us at 813.445.7162. If you have any questions about your readings, contact your local doctor and then let Dr. Nick know about your next appointment. We want to make sure your overall and dental health are 100 percent!