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What Your Orthodontist Needs to Know About Your Medical History

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What Your Orthodontist Needs to Know About Your Medical History

On your first visit to our office, we’ll ask you to complete medical and dental history forms. Here's what we need to know, and why we need to know it!


Why does Langley Orthodontics need to know about my medical history?

Medical and dental history forms are part of the registration process during your first visit with us. They'll include lifestyle questions (such as whether or not you smoke, or if you play impact sports) and questions about your personal and family medical history.

Combination with the information we'll learn during your initial examination, the information on these forms will guide the development of your personalized orthodontic treatment plan.

What information should I include on the medical and dental history forms?

When you fill out your forms, please include as much as you know about your past and present state of health, the medications you're taking, any diseases or disorders you have, and your dental or orthodontic treatment background. The questions on the form will guide you through each topic.

Diseases that affect other parts of your body can in certain cases also have an impact on the health of your teeth, and can therefore alter the course of your treatment plan.

Diabetes is a good example of this. It can increase the likelihood of periodontal disease, and if we're aware that you have diabetes, we'll choose a teeth straightening system that makes it as easy as possible for you to keep your gums clean and healthy.

Information about medicines you take can also be vital to your oral health. Certain medications can causes dry mouth, this can increase your risk of cavities. And we also need to be sure that any medication we prescribe during the course of your treatment won’t conflict with something you are already taking.

For example, if you need jaw surgery as part of your treatment, a medication you take may mean we need to change the type of anesthesia we use.

Updates

Any time your health status changes, please inform us so we can update our files. This includes changes in medications, a pregnancy, a new smoking habit, or the development of allergies.

Privacy

Wewill not release your medical information without your consent under any circumstances. We may ask you to sign a consent form so that we can release your medical information to your insurance company for your health insurance benefits.

If you have any questions about the contents of our medical and dental history forms, please get in touch with Langley Orthodontics. We’d be glad to help!

Get in touch with Langley Orthodontics today to book your No Obligation Smile Consultation!