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What Your Orthodontist Needs to Know About Your Medical History

What Your Orthodontist Needs to Know About Your Medical History

On your first visit to our office, you'll start by filling out a complete medical and dental history form. Here, we'd like to go over what we need to know, and why we need to know it!

Why Does Austin Heights Orthodontics Need to Know My Medical History?

The medical and dental history forms you fill out during your first appointment with us are an important part of the registration process. They include questions about lifestyle (such as whether or not you smoke, or if you play impact sports) and your personal and family medical history.

We need this information, in combination with the information we gather during your initial examination, to guide us in developing an appropriate and effective treatment plan for you.

What information is included on the medical history form?

Your medical history form should outline everything you know about your past medical history and current state of health, what medications you take, and any diseases or disorders you suffer from.

Often, diseases that affect other parts of your body can also have an impact on your dental health, and may alter the course of treatment we develop for you as a result.

Diabetes, for example, can increase the risk of periodontal disease. So if you have diabetes, we’ll choose a teeth straightening option for you that makes it very easy for you to keep your gums clean and healthy.

Information about medicines you take can also affect your orthodontic treatment plan. For patients who are taking medications that causes dry mouth (as many do), for example, the risk of cavities is higher. And aside from that, we need to be sure that any medication we prescribe during your treatment won’t be in conflict with something you are already taking.

For instance, if your orthodontic treatment plan includes jaw surgery, then a medication you take may make it necessary for us to change the type of anesthesia we use.


Keep us in the loop any time your health status changes; let us know if you change medications, are pregnant, become ill, start smoking or develop allergies.


We will not release any medical information you provide us without your express consent, and even consent request is rare. 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 questions about the contents of our medical and dental history forms not answered here, feel free to get in touch with Austin Heights Orthodontics. We’ll be glad to help!