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Reasons as to Why Dentist Take Your Blood Pressure?

Posted on 6/19/2023 by Dr Anthony Bouneff
Reasons as to Why Dentist Take Your Blood Pressure?Your dentist will watch for variations as a numbing drug is frequently required for dental procedures. Even local anesthetics can influence blood pressure. Mainly, epinephrine is known to constrict blood arteries, which can increase blood pressure. Therefore, the dosage may need to be adjusted to ensure your safety.

Detect Dental Problems

Oral and general health are interrelated. Some dental problems are associated with medical diseases. It has been discovered that gum disease increases the likelihood of cardiovascular disease. A history of hypertension may be indicative of unhealthy gums.

Save Your Life

Due to the connection between the lips and the body, monitoring your blood pressure could save your life. Untreated hypertension raises the likelihood of developing significant complications, such as a heart attack or a stroke. If your dentist detects a significant change since your last checkup, you can receive the necessary treatment to manage it before it becomes a severe issue.

Dental anxiety and dental phobia

Numerous individuals suffer from "white coat syndrome" or dental phobia and anxiety. The intrusion of a stranger into one's personal space can be scary, as many individuals are afraid of the unknown. Anxiety and fear can increase blood pressure; therefore, ensuring that your blood pressure is normal and healthy enables the dentist to identify any potential hazards of the procedure. If dentists take your blood pressure while you sit in their chair, they can establish a baseline for your health and alert you to any prehypertensive or hypertensive readings so that you can consult a doctor.

Discomfort can influence physical reactions.

As with dental anxiety and fear of the dentist, discomfort increases blood pressure, which signals the body that something is wrong. This is a natural reaction, but it can lead to additional medical issues in those with high blood pressure if they experience excessive discomfort or anxiety. As soon as a patient sits in a chair, a baseline should be established to ensure their health.
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