Posts for tag: Dentistry

By Advance Family Dental Care
June 19, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   Dentistry  

You may think your blood pressure is only important to your general health — but it can also affect your dental care. That’s why it’s increasingly common for dental providers to include blood pressure monitoring for patients during routine visits.

High blood pressure is a risk factor for several major health conditions including heart attack, stroke and diabetes, and is one of the most common diagnoses in the United States. Even so, many people don’t know their blood pressure is abnormally high. It may be discovered during an annual health visit, or not at all. Since many people visit their dentist twice a year for cleanings, taking a blood pressure reading during these visits increases the chance of detecting a high pressure.

In one study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, the researchers looked at dental patients who had not seen a doctor in the previous twelve months and who underwent blood pressure screening during a regular dental visit. Seventeen percent of those studied learned they were at increased risk for cardiovascular disease.

High blood pressure can also have a direct effect on how we treat your teeth and gums. For example, we may have to adapt and become more diligent about preventing dental disease if you’re taking a blood pressure drug that could trigger reduced saliva flow (dry mouth), a factor in tooth decay. Certain local anesthetics may also contain substances like epinephrine that constrict blood vessels, which can increase blood pressure. To avoid this if you’re hypertensive, we may need to adjust the dosage of anesthetic drugs to lessen this effect.

Monitoring blood pressure in the dental office is a good example of how all healthcare services can interact with each other. At the very least, a blood pressure check at your next cleaning could alert you to a potentially dangerous condition you didn’t even know you had.

If you would like more information on the relationship of blood pressure and other medical issues to dental health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Monitoring Blood Pressure.”

By Advance Family Dental Care
December 05, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   dental care   Dentistry  
Dental CareA smile says a lot about us, and a healthy, beautiful smile can reap a host of wonderful benefits, from decreasing stress hormones to boosting confidence and productivity. We sometimes put our teeth through a lot of abuse, using them as various tools, bottle openers, and even scissors. However, no matter what age we are it’s important to preserve our healthy smiles, and it’s never too late to actively start taking our oral health into our own hands. Your Naperville dentist offers up some handy advice for protecting your teeth through the years.

Routine dental visits

No matter what age you are you should never skimp on dental visits. This means getting that much-needed exam and cleaning every six months so your dentist can check for any changes or potential problems brewing. The sooner your dentist can detect an issue the better the prognosis will be.

Brush and floss regularly

Sure, you may already think that your oral hygiene is up to par; however, be honest with yourself for a minute. Do you brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each time? Do you floss every day without fail? Do you rinse your mouth out between meals? Do you change your brush every three months, or when the bristles begin to fray? If you found yourself shaking your head at any of these questions, then it’s time to change you routine a bit to boost your oral health.

Avoid bad habits

This means teeth grinding, using teeth as tools, smoking tobacco and consuming too much sugar. Stick to a healthy, balanced diet and avoid sugary, starchy treats. You don’t have to completely deprive yourself; however, American diets are often full of added sugar, lurking in the most unexpected of places. Check nutrition labels, ditch the smoking habit, and talk to your Naperville dentist if teeth grinding is affecting your smile.

Soothe sensitivities

Did you know that people in their late 20s and early 30s often experience sensitive teeth most often because they are brushing too hard? If you notice pain or discomfort whenever you consume something hot or cold, you are most likely dealing with sensitive teeth. If this is the case, be gentle with your teeth when brushing. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and use light sweeping motions when brushing. Some teeth-sensitive toothpastes like Sensodyne may also help.

Call Advance Family Dental Care Today!

If you’re interested in finding out more ways you can improve your smile, or you just need to schedule a routine exam, then give our office a call. Just like you, or number one priority is your smile!
Are you a patient of Advance Family Dental Care? If so, we would love to hear about your experiences below!

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1567 N Aurora Road, Ste 143
Naperville, IL 60563
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