May Is National Blood Pressure Month

Did you know that May is National Blood Pressure Month? Blood pressure readings are given 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 a patient’s blood pressure is 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 blood pressure readings taken during dental exams can help find out if they have abnormal readings. If this is the case, you can then make an appointment with your doctor to follow up on the readings.

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 blood pressure levels.

You should also keep in mind that high blood pressure 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.

If you’re due for a dental checkup, contact our sister company, Dr. Nick’s WHITE & healthy Dentistry. The staff not only cares about your dental health but your overall health as well. Feel free to contact them at 813.445.7162.