A common question that we are asked at Dr. John Kling’s office is why do we take our patient’s blood pressure for even a routine dental hygiene appointment? Hypertension is the medical term for high blood pressure. It is estimated that more than 58 million people in the United States have high blood pressure or are taking antihypertensive medication. One third of people with high blood pressure are not aware of it and more than half of those with high blood pressure do not know how to take their blood pressure medication correctly.
People with high blood pressure are at an increased risk for a heart attack or stroke. High blood pressure has been called “the silent killer” because there is often a lack of warning signs. Most people will not feel like they have high blood pressure until it is significantly high and at very dangerous levels. These high numbers can affect your health leading to complications of diabetes and heart disease.
Many people visit their dentist more frequently than their physician so we are sometimes the first line of detection for hypertension. When hypertension is discovered in its early stages at a routine dental appointment, a patient can be referred to his or her physician to be treated before serious irreversible damage occurs. A reading of 120 systolic blood pressure over 80 diastolic blood pressure is considered an ideal blood pressure. A reading that is 130 systolic blood pressure over 80 diastolic blood pressure is the beginning stages of hypertension.
There are many connections between your oral health and cardiovascular health. There are also a large number of serious medical conditions that can first be detected in your mouth. At Dr. John Kling’s office, we are not only interested in your oral health but your overall health. We take every precaution necessary to ensure that you will live a happy and healthy life. We look forward to seeing you soon at your next appointment!
#Health #HeartDisease #Hypertension #Diabetes
By: Linda Oliveros