• April 12, 2021
importance of an updated medical history for dentists

Have you ever wondered why you’re asked if there are any updates to your medical history at the beginning of every dental appointment? What is the importance of an updated medical history in dentistry?

Your dental care team relies on accurate updates from you to help inform your treatment plan. There are many correlations between body and oral health. For example, diabetes can affect how your mouth heals and recent surgeries may require that you take a course of antibiotics before a cleaning or more advanced dental care.

The American Dental Association recommends to members that a

“…practice should have a complete and accurate medical and dental health history for each new or active patient of record before any diagnosis or treatment takes place.”

American Dental Association

All types of dentists will ask for your medical history, which ideally will include:

  • Current and past medical conditions such as cancer, infectious diseases, organ dysfunctions, blood disorders and other systemic illnesses.
  • Surgeries and hospitalizations.
  • List of medications (prescribed and over the counter) and supplements you are currently taking
  • Drug allergies.
  • If you have a pacemaker or prosthetic device.
  • For women, your pregnancy status.
  • Emergency contact information.
  • Physician’s contact information.

You’ll also need to be prepared to provide this information at dental checkups for kids.

There’s no such thing as too much information when it comes to your health. Providing comprehensive medical information to your dentist and dental hygienist helps them tailor your care plan. Be honest about your health history, even if you’re unsure if the information is relevant to your oral care. The more your dentist knows about your health, the better he or she can meet your individual needs.

You can count on Shorewood Family Dental to keep your health history private. Information regarding your health is protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA). 

For a family dentist near Joliet, contact Shorewood Family Dental Care at 815-725-5991 or book an appointment online.