The Importance of Sharing Your Medical History with Your Dentist


During your first visit to the dentist, you will be asked to fill out a thorough medical history form. This may include questions about your health, medical history, lifestyle, etc. This history, combined with your first assessment, will provide your dentist will the information needed to come up with the best treatment plan for you moving forward. It’s important to be open and honest while filling out your medical history, as this helps your dentist come up with a comprehensive approach to meet your dental health needs.

What kind of health information do I need to share and how specific should I be?

While filling out medical history forms at the dentist, some people may not include information that doesn’t specifically relate to their mouth. It’s important to state all information during this process, as even medical conditions or certain medications can have dental implications. Diabetes, for example, can increase your risk of gum disease. It’s your responsibility to make sure your dentist is aware of all medical concerns before any treatment begins.

Why your dentist needs to know about your medications?

Information about what medications you are currently taking is vital to your health. Some medications cause dry mouth, which can increase your chances of getting a cavity. Your dentist also wants to make sure that if they ever prescribe you medication, that it won’t interact or interfere with other medications you may be taking.

How often should I update my medical information?

After your first initial visit, let your dentist know whenever there is a change in your current health status. Examples of changes in your health include if you become pregnant, start taking a new medication, develop allergies, or begin smoking. It’s important to keep your medical record up to date, so that your dentist can provide you with the best care possible.

Will my medical records remain private?

Your dentist cannot release any information to anyone without your consent. You may be asked to sign a release form so that your dental office can provide necessary information to your insurance company, however, insurance companies are required to keep all of your information confidential from anyone not directly involved in your care.

By working with your dentist to ensure that your medical history is complete, and kept up to date, you can feel confident that your dentist will provide you with personalized care. If you have any questions or would like to discuss any concerns pertaining to your health or medical record, please feel free to approach any member of the Signal Hill Dental Centre team. We are here to make your visit to the dentist as comfortable as possible.