The Importance of a Complete Medical History

Person holding a medical history form.

We ask all new patients of Ellis Family Dentistry to complete a medical history form. You may question why you should complete this form and update your medical history records at each visit, but medical history is vitally important at the dentist! There is no such thing as too much information regarding your dental health.

Medical Conditions

Your oral health is not isolated from your overall health. The two are intricately connected and can significantly impact each other. Many medical conditions can affect the mouth. For instance, studies show that people with diabetes are at a higher risk of developing periodontal disease. By sharing your medical history, you enable us to provide a treatment plan tailored to your individual needs.


Allergies are a crucial aspect of your medical history that can significantly impact your dental care. For instance, some dental products can trigger reactions in people with allergies to tree nuts or milk proteins. Others may have adverse reactions to certain anesthetics. By informing us about your allergies, you help us ensure a safe and comfortable environment for your dental visits at Ellis Family Dentistry.


The biggest concern with patient medications is drug interaction. We need to know what prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and supplements you are taking to prevent any adverse reactions to our products or prescriptions. Certain medications will influence our treatment plan or post-operative care. We also need to know what you are taking because some prescription and over-the-counter drugs can cause dry mouth, which, if not appropriately addressed, can lead to more significant dental problems in the future. See our post regarding the importance of saliva here:

Your active communication about your medications is crucial in ensuring your dental health. 

Person holding medication bottles.

Other Information to Share

Our dental providers also need to know if you have joint replacements or a pacemaker. Do you need to pre-medicate before dental procedures? Are you a smoker? Do you have mental health concerns or diagnoses? Have you had any recent surgeries? Are you or may you be pregnant? Sharing your complete medical history and current medical conditions with your dental provider enables you to receive comprehensive dental treatment. So be sure to be 100% honest and update your records at each visit. Anything you share is confidential and will only help us better your dental care.

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