Taking your blood pressure is part of the medical evaluation and history which we routinely do at your visit.
We need to have a picture of your general health as your mouth is part of your body and some of the medicines we use can have an impact on your blood pressure.
Your dental appointment is an excellent opportunity to provide this simple and very important screening.
Most people see their dentist at least twice a year, but they only see their physician every year or two. Therefore this simple test could alert us to the fact that you may have an asymptomatic, undiagnosed potentially serious medical condition.
High blood pressure, or hypertension as it is known, is the most commonly diagnosed primary condition in the United States. A primary condition is a disease or symptom to which others conditions may be secondary. High blood pressure may be an indicator for undiagnosed problems with the heart, the blood vessels, the kidneys, the eyes and other tissues. High blood pressure may also indicate the possibility of type II adult onset diabetes as 2/3 of patients with type II diabetes exhibit high blood pressure.
If your blood pressure is found to be elevated, we will usually refer you to your physician for further evaluation.