The Importance of Knowing Your Health History
Never underestimate the importance of your health history. Current and complete health histories are vital to good dental and medical health.
Oral health is closely connected to overall health. Scientific research suggests a link between periodontal (gum) disease and a variety of non-oral health conditions, including heart disease and diabetes. Some medical problems, and the medications used to treat them, can lead to dry mouth which increases your risk of cavities.
Alert your doctor of oral health to any changes in your health since your previous visit. The more your dentist knows about your overall health, the better able he/she will be to give you personalized care.
List medicines, vitamins and supplements
It’s important for your dental team to know about all of the pills you take, including those supplements that you may not think of as serious medicine.
Certain prescription drugs for allergies, high blood pressure or depression can cause dry mouth, which increases the risk of tooth decay and gum problems. Some medications and dietary supplements can thin your blood, increasing the risk of bleeding when you have dental work done.
You should update your health history each time you visit the dental office. By providing complete and accurate health history information, your dentist is better equipped to provide you with the best treatment possible.