Why Dentists Might Take your Blood Pressure

Blood pressure readings might seem the usual when you go to your general physician. You may have seen blood pressure machines at drug stores. Some people even keep blood pressure cuffs at home to get a regular reading. However, why would a dentist ever need to take your blood pressure? Your Lake Forest dentist, Dr. James Fondriest, explains how hypertension can affect dental procedures.

Oral Health and Heart Disease

Oral health only has to do with your teeth, right? Well, actually, many people in the medical field have made greater connections between oral and overall health. Through hundreds of studies over the years, tooth decay and gum disease have been linked to many other serious conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. There is some debate about the depth of oral-systemic health. The reason dentists check blood pressure readings, though, is that dental anxieties and intense procedures can raise blood pressure. If your blood pressure gets too high, there is a definite risk for heart attack and stroke.

What If My Blood Pressure is High?

Unfortunately, hypertension is often thought of as a silent killer. Many people walk around each day with no idea that they have high blood pressure. This is actually quite the parallel to oral health. Many people also walk around with tartar build-up and periodontal disease (gum disease) with no obvious symptoms. Just as gum disease can segue into periodontitis (severe gum disease) if left untreated, hypertension can lead to the aforementioned heart attacks and stroke. So, when you go in for a dental procedure, your blood pressure reading will tell the dentist whether or not you are in good enough health to go through with it. Any blood pressure reading above 160mm/100mm is going to be considered a danger zone. Ideal blood pressure will be below 120mm/80mm.

Consult with Your Lake Forest Dentist

Your Lake Forest, IL dentist offers patients the latest in innovative restorative and cosmetic dental procedures to obtain healthy, beautiful smiles. Call your Lake Forest cosmetic dentist at 847-234-0517. Our 60045 dentist office welcomes patients from Lake Forest and North Shore suburbs of Chicago.