During your first dental visit, you will be asked to fill out a thorough medical history. After that you will need to update your medical history every six months. This history, along with the results from your exam will help to assess your immediate dental care needs and recommend the best treatment.
It is important to list everything about your health, including surgeries or a major illness. Many diseases can have significant effects on your mouth and teeth. For instance, diabetes can increase the risk of periodontal disease. Other health conditions may require your dentist to change the type of anesthesia given. Your dentist also wants to make sure that any medications prescribed do not interact with medications you are currently taking.
Be sure to list any allergies you may have as well, such as latex, as the dentist may need to use a different kind of gloves. Don't assume your dentist knows your medical history. Make sure you mention any recent changes to the staff to assure proper treatment and to prevent any problems.