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What Your Orthodontist Needs to Know About Your Medical History

Posted Jun 13th, 2016 in Braces Basics, Ortho Guide

What Your Orthodontist Needs to Know About Your Medical History

The first time you visit one of Dr. Kanani's Surrey or Langley orthodontics practices, you'll have to fill out a complete medical and dental history form to guide us in your diagnosis and treatment. Here, you can read about what we need to know, and why we need to know it!

Why Does Dr. Kanani Need to Know My Medical History?

The medical and dental history forms are an important part of the registration process during your first visit. It provides Dr. Kanani and his team with necessary information about your lifestyle (such as whether or not you smoke, or if you play impact sports) and your personal and family medical history.

In combination with the information we gather during your initial examination, the content of these forms will guide Dr. Kanani as he develops an appropriate and effective treatment plan for you.

What information is included on the medical history form?

When you fill your form out, it's important that you include all the details you know about your past and present state of health, a comprehensive list of any medications you are taking, and any diseases or disorders you have.

Why does Dr. Kanani need to know all this?

Many diseases common diseases also have an impact on oral health, and can therefore affect the course of treatment Dr. Kanani develops for you.

For instance, Diabetes can increase the risk of periodontal disease. If Dr. Kanani is aware that you have Diabetes, he'll know to choose a teeth straightening option for you that will make keeping your gums and teeth extra clean as easy as possible.

It's also vital that we know what medications you take, as these may also affect your oral health in different ways. If, for example, your medication causes dry mouth (as many do), this can increase your risk of cavities, since saliva functions in part to wash away food particles and debris from your teeth.

We also need to be sure that any medication we prescribe won’t be in conflict with something you are already taking. For example, if jaw surgery is part of your treatment plan, then a medication you take could make it necessary for us to change the type of anesthesia we use.


Be sure to keep Dr. Kanani's office up to date when your health status changes. This includes letting us know if you change medications, are pregnant, smoke, become ill, or develop allergies.


We will not under any circumstances release any medical information you provide us without your consent. However, 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 any additional questions about the contents of our medical and dental history forms, feel free to get in touch with Dr. Kanani's Surrey or Langley practices. We’ll be glad to help!

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