Dentists in Portland, Oregon Dr. Todd Beck and Dr. Jacob Morrow care about the overall health and well-being of patients of Mt. Tabor Dental. This kind of comprehensive care includes monitoring blood pressure during dental visits.
What is High Blood Pressure?
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, effects over 30% of Americans. Symptoms of this common medical diagnosis include fatigue, irregular heartbeat, chest pain, difficulty breathing, vision issues, and headaches.
This condition and the symptoms presented can pose serious problems if not monitored. Since patients see their dentists more than their primary care doctors, Dr. Beck and Dr. Morrow of Mt. Tabor Dental follow the American Dental Association’s guidelines to take blood pressure readings for all new and current patients.
High Blood Pressure Related to Dental Health
It might seem surprising, but high blood pressure is directly related to good dental health. Dr. Beck and Dr. Morrow and the staff at Mt. Tabor Dental need to be made aware of your high blood pressure, since the condition poses an increased risk of heart attack or stroke in the dental office. In addition, the dentists and staff need to adjust important treatments, such as the use of local anesthetics, because they directly effect patients with high blood pressure.
The presence of high blood pressure can also put good dental health at risk. The medications used to treat high blood pressure can often cause dry mouth. This side effect can result in an increased risk of gum disease due to an increase of plaque, which is not washed away by naturally-occuring saliva. The Portland, Oregon dentists at Mt. Tabor Dental can help fight these conditions that effect overall dental health.
When visiting Mt. Tabor Dental, you may not expect to have your blood pressure checked, but monitoring this aspect of your health is essential for your overall well-being.