Blood Pressure Checks

Taking a patient’s blood pressure is a precaution used to obtain a baseline rate. The dentist can then monitor whether the blood pressure levels are changing over time or whether the patient is in distress. This can indicate a reaction with a medication the patient is taking or previously existing condition, such as hypertension

Blood Pressure Checks

Blood pressure checks are beneficial to all patients, but most especially to those who may not visit their physicians on a regular basis. While most people have dental check-ups every six months, they often wait at least a year between physicals at the doctor’s office. Monitoring blood pressure at the dentist, therefore, may provide an earlier indication of any problems that have arisen.

Additionally, it is essential for your dentist to be aware of any potential complications that may occur due to high blood pressure if a dental procedure is necessary. It can affect the response you have to anesthesia. Plus, by keeping track of blood pressure levels during a treatment, the dentist will be alerted to physical problems taking place and can react accordingly to ensure the patient’s safety.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I see the dentist?

Children, teens, and adults should all see us for a regular checkup at least once every six months. Patients who are at a greater risk for oral cancer or gum disease may be required to come in more than just twice a year. Dr. Durand will help determine how often you should visit our office for regular checkups.