Our dental practice focuses on how your oral health affects your entire body. The mouth is the most active entrance to the bodies blood stream. When bacteria are active in your mouth that bacteria naturally get carried to other parts of your body. One symptom that we have been able to help patients address is high blood pressure. It affects an alarming number of people in the Phoenix area. As a matter of practice we always get a baseline blood pressure reading when gum work will be performed. If the patients blood pressure is too high we will reschedule the procedure.
It is our passion to educate our patients on the crucial connection between oral health and overall health. In treating patients to improve their oral health, we have found significant success in reducing high blood pressure. When gum disease is left untreated that bacteria is continually entering the blood stream and looking for targets to attack. Brushing teeth alone, regardless of the kind of toothpaste you use, will not destroy gum disease. You have to come to the dentist and let us rebuild the health of your gums. Learn more about the high blood pressure in our Crucial Connection blog post on the subject.
We always check your blood pressure before we begin any exam. This is an important screening process as it is estimated that 50% or more of the population suffers from high blood pressure. If your blood pressure is exceedingly high we will refer you to your doctor immediately. Since there are very few outward symptoms of high blood pressure, many people are at risk of a stroke or heart attack. Below is a chart that shows blood pressure levels and where you should seek medical treatment.
If you suffer from high blood pressure, click here to request an appointment so that we can assess you and design a treatment plan to improve your overall health.