Dentists should be checking blood pressure in children

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Because it has no symptoms, children don’t usually complain.  Catching it early is key and now pediatric dentists are stepping up to help doctors find it.

Dr. David Kaelber of MetroHealth Medical Center came up with an easier to follow chart to help dentists know if their pediatric patient has high blood pressure.

It’s now routine for dentists at MetroHealth’s dental clinic to check a child’s blood pressure 

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as so on as they enter the office.  Those to be found at risk are then referred to a specialist.

Only about a quarter of kids are diagnosed with the condition and it’s on the rise in the young population, partly due to the obesity epidemic.

Treating or curing the condition early can prevent devastating problems in the future including kidney and heart failure.

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