At Troy Bartels, DDS, our team stays up-to-date with the latest CPR requirements and AED training to ensure the safety and well-being of our patients. Here, we’ll explain a little more about CPR and AED, in addition to the connection between heart health and dentistry.
Our team has received hands-on training on how to calmly and efficiently administer Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, or CPR. This is a lifesaving procedure performed during an emergency when someone’s heart stops beating. Performing chest compressions and activating the blood flow before emergency medical services arrive can extend the opportunity for a successful resuscitation. In fact, if begun immediately, CPR can double or triple the chances of survival after cardiac arrest. CPR is performed with repeating rounds of 30 chest compressions and 2 rescue breaths. When performing CPR, it’s critical to: provide compressions of adequate rate and depth with proper hand placement minimize interruptions in chest compressions; avoid leaning on the victim in between compressions; and avoid excessive ventilation.
During CPR training, each member of our team practiced following the directions of an Automated External Defibrillator to safely deliver a controlled electric shock. An AED is a lightweight, portable device that delivers a shock through the chest to prompt a person’s heart to come back to a normal rhythm after cardiac arrest. AEDs work by using a built-in computer that checks a victim’s heart rhythm using adhesive electrodes and then calculates whether defibrillation is needed.
Heart Health & Dentistry
Good oral health is vital for your overall health, and particularly your heart health, because your mouth is a port of entry to the body. When your mouth is unhealthy, the rest of your body can become unhealthy too. Studies have shown that those with gum disease are at a greater risk of heart disease than those with healthy gums. Your heart is affected when bacteria and other germs spread from your mouth to your heart through the bloodstream. When they reach your heart, the bacteria can cause inflammation, which leads to issues such as endocarditis (infection of the inner lining of the heart), atherosclerosis (clogged arteries), and a stroke. This is one reason why it’s vital to take care of your oral health by maintaining superb dental habits! Brush your teeth and tongue twice a day, floss at least once a day, use a fluoride toothpaste, drink plenty of water, consume a balanced diet, and come visit our team for regular checkups and cleanings.
A Healthy Mouth Contributes to a Healthy Body!
At Troy Bartels, DDS, your health and safety are our priorities. If you have any other questions about our CPR and AED certification or need to schedule a checkup or cleaning, contact our team today.