It is a common misconception to assume that your dentist needs not to be told about your general health issues; at the dental office, patients tend to limit their talk to what they consider to be the concern of their dentist: their teeth. If they have the feeling that the problem does not directly refer to their teeth, they forget to mention it. Your general health is particularly important when it comes to dental treatments, thus, for your own safety, make sure you keep your dentist informed about anything that may have some sort of medical relevance.
The list below should help you determine what kind of information to give to your dentist: diseases / conditions / situations / differences or medical treatments. Consider it a safety chart and read it to find out what you should tell your dentist regarding your medical history.
- heart problems, bleeding, pacemaker, blood pressure issues, stroke, cardiovascular devices such as vascular and valvular prostheses
- Blood disorders, leukemia
- Alzheimer, dementia, senility, retardation, autism, physiological or psychiatric problems
- Neurological disorders (epilepsy, Parkinson, stroke, and other)
- hearing, sight, and speech disabilities
- allergies (to aspirin, ibuprofen, codeine, anesthesia, penicillin, latex, metals or anything else)
- asthma or heaving trouble breathing
- autoimmune diseases
- cancer, radiotherapy or chemotherapy
- thyroid dysfunctions
- kidney or liver problems
- hepatitis A, B or C, cirrhosis or liver failure / hepatic insufficiency
- migraine or headache
pregnancy and breastfeeding