August 14, 2011
Does your dental office routinely take your blood pressure?
Have you recently had a blood pressure cuff around your arm at your dental office or anywhere for that matter? Knowing this simple to take reading could save your life.
Just the other day Jeanne came in for a filling and a crown. And, I asked how she was doing before starting her care. She said that she had recently visited with her primary care physician because of a high blood pressure reading she had at her last dental cleaning appointment. After some tests, her physician agreed that she needed to be placed on medication. Having to be put on medication is typically not a welcomed moment in anyones life. However, she went on to thank me and our team for checking her blood pressure. She told us that she wouldn’t have known it was high and this very well could have saved her life.
I agree with Jeanne. We routinely check blood pressure to prepare for the care of our patients as well as to give our patients insight into their overall health. You visit your dentist at least two times a year and you may only visit with your physician once. It’s my professional responsibility to care for you, the whole you, not just your mouth.
November 5, 2010
I love being a dentist for so many reasons. One of those reasons are the opportunities I am afforded to interact with children and to teach them the importance of oral health. In the news we hear so much about healthcare and who is going to pay for it. I don’t know the answer to that or if we’ll every come to satisfactory conclusion to that question. However, I know that prevention is always the key to good health (and lower healthcare costs). Today, I visited with nearly 75 children between the ages of 2 and 5 years. I showed them around the office for a behind the scenes look into the daily workings of a dental office and had volunteers climb in the chair to show all of them what to expect when visiting for a check-up. I was impressed to learn that most of them had been to a dentist already by such an early age and that they work hard to brush their teeth at least 2 times a day. I had a great time on my day off using our office to teach prevention and to introduce the children to oral healthcare. Thanks to all the children from the Oakville Goddard School for being such a great group of listeners. My final lesson for today is to ask you to take a moment and think about healthcare as a means of prevention rather than just treatment. And, be sure to take a field trip to your dentist’s office in times of good oral health, not when it hurts. Take care of yourself, Dr. Jeffrey Sindelar
August 11, 2009
Early on, I want to start you down what I feel to be the right path for oral health education. The first of many websites that come to mind is the Academy of General Dentistry (I’ll share more with you at a later point). Below, I am going to include a link to a Web page where you can navigate through great oral health topics, specific to age and gender. I know you’ll find it easy to read and full of great information.
Why should we start here? Because too often my new patients tell me that if they had only known, they would have…
In my office, our approach is a comprehensive one and prevention of health problems is our top priority. We deep clean teeth and gums, we fix cavities and cement crowns, do root canals and pull hopeless teeth when all hope is gone. We also inform and educate and by doing so avoid the bigger problems. Oral health is important, why is it important to you? I look forward to your questions and hope you can find some of your answers at the link to the Academy of General Dentistry.
- Dr. Sindelar
August 11, 2009
Welcome to the Blog for Oakville Dental Care. I am so excited to be able to provide you with the latest information on oral and overall health with links to great resources and answers to your questions. Enjoy the information and feel free to ask me your oral health questions. – Dr. Sindelar