If your a regular patient and come to visit us often you may wonder why we ask you to update your medical information every 6 months. we know this process is tedious, so lets explain why we do this. Dentists have an obligation to keep and update dental records in accordance with the guidelines of the Dental Board of Australia. We cannot release any diagnosis or office visit information without your consent.
Your health conditions can change at any time, you may change type or dosage of medication or stop taking some medication completely. You may have an operation, significant illness, or accident. Things change, which is why we require the medical information to be updated every 6 months to keep our records up to date and the dentist aware of your specific medical situation.
Why do we need your medical information?
As health professionals, dentists need to provide appropriate and safe treatment for you.
To do this, we need to know about any medical conditions that you may have and if you take any medications.
Many diseases can have significant effects on your mouth and teeth.
- Diabetes can increase the risk of periodontal (gum) disease.
- Illnesses including some auto- immune diseases or poorly controlled diabetes can cause dry mouth.
- Treatments including radiation therapy, some medications for depression and anxiety, and pain management can cause dry mouth. Not enough saliva can result in increased tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath.
These are just some of the examples as to how your medical health affects your dental visit.
By working with us to provide as much relevant health information as possible, you are maximising the safety and effectiveness of your dental treatment.