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By Dr. Stephanie ML Wong, DMD, Inc.
June 01, 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 Dr. Stephanie ML Wong, DMD, Inc.
May 16, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Have you been paying too much attention to your smile? Is it negative attention? If so, it may be time to have your smile assessed by a professional. You may be dealing with malocclusion. Oral Health

How Is the Spacing Between Your Teeth? 

Many patients come in with spacing problems, whether it’s gaps or crowding. Even the smallest dental imperfection can stick out like a sore thumb to a patient, and that’s something we take into consideration when we approach this from an esthetic point of view.
However, we also need to look at spacing problems from the perspective of function. Correcting malocclusion will improve the biting function of teeth while also making it easier to clean around and between certain teeth. This will be a positive change for your oral health, which is most important to you and us.

What’s Your Dental History Look Like?

A treatment plan is created around your dental history. Here is what we need to know about:
  • Missing teeth
  • False teeth
  • Gaps
  • Fillings
  • Crowding
  • Cosmetic treatment (dental implants, bonding, veneers, etc.)
  • Past orthodontic work

What Is Most Important to You?

Patients have primary goals for their smiles. Do you want to fix that space in the front teeth? Do you have a wedding down the road and need a less revealing orthodontic treatment? Find out what is most important to you and discuss it with us. Communicating your dental needs is the first step to figuring out what kind of treatment you need and want.

Honolulu Residents: Is Invisalign Right For You?

Malocclusion requires orthodontic treatment, and today’s dentistry offers a variety of orthodontic devices for treating misalignment and/or an impaired bite. At our office, we focus on patient convenience and comfort, which is why we provide the Invisalign system to your Honolulu patients.
Do you want to know more about Invisalign in Honolulu? Call our office today. We are happy to answer your questions.

Stephanie Wong

Dr. Stephanie Wong is unlike any other dentist you've ever been to.  The reason she became a dentist was her yearning to help and heal her patients.  Her goal was to "Create Life Changing Experiences".  She is also well regarded...

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