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Time for Your a Dental Checkup? Why Your Dentist Asks for Your Medical Information

December 11, 2019
Posted By: Nederland Family Dental
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Dentists don't just treat teeth; they also focus on your overall health and wellness because what happens in your mouth impacts the rest of your body. And what happens in your body can also affect your oral health, so there’s really no separating the two.

You should view general dentistry in Nederland, TX as part of your overall health and wellness plan. Your dentist is an integral member of your health care team, and there’s certain information they need to ensure your safety and welfare. It is for this reason that they request information such as your medical history and a current list of medications.

Medications and Your Oral Health

It’s vital to provide your dentist with a complete list of all medications you currently take.

Some prescription drugs have swollen or puffy gums as a side effect, including some blood pressure medications. Many commonly-used medicines, including those that treat depression and high blood pressure, cause dry mouth, which is a side effect that puts you at higher risk for cavities and gum disease.

Your safety and welfare are also paramount to your Nederland, CO general dentist, and some medications may not combine well with treatments they are planning.

Your General Health Information

Your dentist needs to have a complete picture of your overall health, and for this they need to request your health history. Be sure to include any health conditions, even if you think they have nothing to do with your oral health.

Most dentists make their health forms available online for your convenience, so you can take your time and answer all questions thoroughly. Be prepared to provide information like: 

  • What are your known allergies?
  • What health issues are you currently being treated for?
  • What health changes have you experienced since your last appointment?

And don’t worry about your information being shared; your health history is stored securely and is a private matter between you, your dentist, and your doctor. 

Schedule Your Next Dental Appointment

Dr. Whitney Gomez provides comprehensive general dentistry to his Nederland, TX patients, and your safety, health, and general well-being matter to us. Please call us to schedule your next dental exam and cleaning.

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