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Why Does Dentist Take My Blood Pressure?

Posted on 11/7/2022 by Dr. Chad Rebhun
Why Does Dentist Take My Blood Pressure?When you go in to see a dentist from our team, you already expect them to take a close look at your gums and teeth. However, you might be caught off-guard when they check your blood pressure. This is an occurrence that has left many patients asking,' why does the dentist check my blood pressure? In this article, we answer this question in detail.

Your dentist can collect a lot of information by checking your blood pressure during your dental check-up. This will allow the dentist to figure out a baseline and keep monitoring it in case of any issues.

Hypertension can be a symptom resulting from an increase in anxiety before or during your procedure. The dentist can use this information to tailor your treatment plan to one that is more comfortable.

Apart from this, checking your blood pressure can paint a good picture of your overall health at the time of your procedure. Here are some of the ways our team of professionals will use your blood pressure readings:

It will provide monitoring when anaesthesia is used

Local anesthetics can have an effect on your blood pressure. A numbing agent is usually necessary for many dental procedures. It is therefore important that the dentist monitors your pressure for fluctuations.

Detect problems with your dental health

Your oral health can reflect your general health. Certain problems with your dental health are linked to other medical conditions. Some health experts even suggest that gum disease can increase the chances of cardiovascular disease developing.

If you have a history of hypertension, for example, this may indicate that your gums are not in peak health. If the dentist notices a major change in your blood pressure from your last appointment, this could point to a larger issue which will then be addressed.

Consider your body's blood pressure to be another tool in the dentist's arsenal that can help you improve your dental health. Reach out to us to have all your dental health needs met.

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