It’s that time of the year again—you’re visiting your dentist for one of your biannual checkups! You walk inside, fill out the usual paperwork, and after a brief moment in the waiting room, you’re heading back for your appointment. But what happens next is a little surprising; your blood pressure is being taken and you aren’t sure why. Even though this might seem weird, it’s totally normal and provides useful information for your dentist. Here are three reasons for this step and how it greatly benefits your oral and overall health.
1. It Determines Your Eligibility for Certain Procedures
Your dentist isn’t going to perform any type of procedure unless they’re absolutely certain that it’s safe and comfortable for you; and taking your blood pressure is an effective way to check your wellness! Higher blood pressure can increase the likelihood of health problems, including emergencies like strokes. And unfortunately, even the stress of going to the dentist is enough to cause hypertension in some patients, regardless of the reason for the visit. If your blood pressure is too high, your dentist might have to forgo a certain procedure in the interest of your safety.
2. It Ensures Anesthesia Is Safely and Effectively Administered
For certain dental work, your dentist might need to administer some form of sedation or local anesthesia. Some anesthetics include epinephrine, which helps to extend the numbing effect that you experience upon it being administered. But epinephrine also contracts your blood vessels, which in turn can elevate your blood pressure. By monitoring your blood pressure, your dentist can ensure that you’re able to safely be given anesthesia in addition to being given the correct amount.
3. It Can Identify Other Lurking Problems
Sometimes the symptoms for heightened blood pressure aren’t obvious and are difficult to detect, meaning that a screening is your best bet for identifying any signs of potential problems. By visiting your dentist for biannual checkups and cleanings, you’re giving yourself two additional chances every year to have your blood pressure taken. This means that going to the dentist doesn’t just benefit your oral health; it’s in the best interest of your whole body!
Your blood pressure is important; it’s tied to everything happening all around your body, including your mouth. Visiting your dentist regularly is just another great way to put your body’s wellness at the top of your priority list.
About the Practice
Glendale Dental Wellness Center proudly serves patients and families in the Glendale, CA area under the leadership of Dr. Robert A. Sue. Dr. Sue completed his dental doctorate at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California. He is also a member of several professional organizations including the American Dental Association and the California Dental Association. If you have any questions for Dr. Sue or would like to schedule a visit, feel free to contact his practice online or over the phone: (818) 873-5107.