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Know Your Numbers

Know Your Numbers

We check your blood pressure and perform an annual comprehensive periodontal evaluation so you can Know Your Numbers.

Annual Health Screen Evaluations are routine at Madison Family Dental because your overall health is important.

Research is showing that the health of the mouth is linked to the health of the body, and vice versa. There’s a causal relationship between the health of your mouth and your overall health. Let’s go into more detail on this one.

What’s the Big Deal About Periodontal Disease?

One out of every two American adults aged 30 and over has periodontal disease, according to recent findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The recent research has indicated the prevalence of periodontal disease in the US may be significantly higher than originally estimated.  This means that all adults should thoroughly assess the state of their periodontal health to receive accurate information about the health of their mouths.

Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the gum tissue and bone supporting the teeth.  If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss.  Research has also shown that periodontal disease is associated with other chronic inflammatory diseases, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.  Therefore, it is very important to treat the inflammation that causes periodontal diseases as soon as possible to ensure that your entire body stays healthy.

Periodontal disease is thought to be one of the most prevalent non-communicable chronic diseases in our population.

The new findings support the need for comprehensive periodontal evaluations annually. A dental professional should examine each tooth above and below the gum line.  A visual examination alone is not enough.

The American Academy of Periodontology recommends that every patient receive a comprehensive periodontal evaluation on an annual basis.

A Comprehensive Periodontal Evaluation is the best way to assess your periodontal health by examining:

  • Your teeth
  • Your plaque
  • Your gums
  • Your bite
  • Your bone structure
  • Your risk factors

What Is Meant By ‘Know Your Numbers’ During My Periodontal Evaluation?

The periodontal exam and probing includes taking measurements of the spaces between your teeth and gums.  This space is known as the sulcus. When the gums are healthy, the sulcus is usually about 3 millimeters deep.  Healthy gums cling tightly to the tooth. Diseased gums tend to swell and detach from the tooth.  In advanced forms of periodontitis, the pocket can be more than 10 millimeters deep.

Taking the measurements helps your dentist track the health of the gums and bone. By doing this annually, any change can be detected early when it’s easiest to treat and prevent irreversible damage. This is why it’s important to Know Your Numbers so you can keep track of your gum health along with our dental professionals.

Blood Pressure Checks are Routine at Madison Family Dental

We screen for hypertension (high blood pressure) because as your Madison dentist, we are a part of your complete health care team. As a partner in your care, we are concerned not only with your dental health but also your overall well being.  We will perform a blood pressure screening at each dental hygiene visit because while we can’t diagnose or treat your hypertension, we want to help you track your overall health.

Why do we check? Because we see you more frequently than your physician

Many patients visit their dentist more frequently than their physician. We as dentists can thus play an important role in our patients’ overall health by measuring blood pressure regularly, potentially identifying undetected hypertension, and then referring individuals to their physicians.

As dental health care professionals, we have always been focused on prevention so we have a great opportunity to educate our patients on health risks related to high blood pressure as well as recommend lifestyle modifications (such as getting the proper amount of exercise and eating lots of vegetables and minimally processed foods) to promote an overall healthy lifestyle. Taking the measurements once a year at your dental visit helps your dentist track the progress of treatment.

Hypertension is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, and we want to help you maintain awareness of your heart health

Hypertension is a major risk factor with many cardiovascular diseases and plays a significant role in the progression of congestive heart failure, stroke, heart attacks, kidney failure, and premature death.

Almost 1 in 3 U.S. Adults have high blood pressure, and the number jumps to 50% of people over 55.  It is a silent disease and without regular screening, most people are not aware they have a problem. Because of the prevalence of hypertension and its importance to overall health, the American Dental Association recommends that dental offices should take blood pressure on all new patients and annually on all recalls.  We are committed to these healthcare guidelines and offer this service to our patients as part of your care.

More reasons to track blood pressure at your dental visit

Medications that are used in the dental office — most commonly local anesthetics — can temporarily increase blood pressure, so it is important that we be aware of patients’ blood pressure before beginning treatment.  If your blood pressure is too high we may have to delay dental treatment until you have received appropriate medical care.

We know that the medications taken for high blood pressure can have side effects like dry mouth (xerostomia) and overgrowth of gum tissue.  We want to help our patients who have high blood pressure manage and maintain their oral condition.

Knowing Your Numbers is critical to your overall health

We hope you know the pride we take, as dental professionals, in providing you periodontal and blood pressure information. We feel that in order to make changes (some small and some large) to your overall health, Knowing Your Numbers is taking that critical first step. If you have any questions or concerns about your overall health, please do not hesitate to talk with your dentist or your medical provider.

Delivering healthy, lasting smiles is the core of our mission here at Madison Family Dental. We are happy to serve you.

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