We are pleased to be ahead of the curve in caring for our patients! According to an article published today by the American Dental Association, Maryland and four other states have begun a pilot program to identify patients with previously unknown high blood pressure, in an effort to get them into the care of a physician. The article praised this new initiative to identify people who may not know of their high blood pressure and the health risk this poses because they may not visit a physician regularly. We at Hanley-Murphy Dental have been doing this for a number of years for the same reason. We are fortunate to have identified a number of people who did not know their blood pressure was dangerously high, and who began seeing a physician for treatment. Patients new to our office as well as folks coming in for regular recare visits with Lori or Nicci, our hygienists, have their blood pressure taken and recorded. We are pleased to have been proactive in looking out for our patients' well-being!