The Importance of Your Medical History

Did you know your oral health and overall body health are connected? Body illnesses, diseases, and medications can affect what happens in your mouth and how certain treatments react and work. At your appointment with Dr. Van Wicklen, we will take a full medical history and family history analysis to help determine your risk of problems.

How Does My Body Affect My Mouth?

Your medical analysis will take into consideration all health problems and conditions. For example, if you’re pregnant, you may be more at risk of developing gum disease. If you have frequent headaches or jaw pain, it may be a sign of TMJ and tooth grinding. If you’re taking certain medications for any illnesses, it may lead to dry mouth or other oral changes. Determining your health conditions will help us determine the cause of your dental problem and keep close watch on problems that you’re at risk of developing.

Why Does My Family Matter?

Many health conditions, like heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and diabetes, can run in families. Knowing your family’s health history will help determine your risk of certain illnesses and appropriate treatment methods. Your chances of tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancer increase if relatives have experienced the same conditions or passed them on to you. Ask your family members what health conditions and oral problems they’ve experienced, and collect the data to share with Dr. Van Wicklen.

A full medical history will help us decide which tests, screenings, problems, and treatments we should focus on to help keep your mouth healthy. Dr. Van Wicklen takes all appropriate measures to keep your mouth and body safe. Contact our dentist office in Austin, Texas at (512) 448-3131 to schedule an appointment to help keep your body and smile safe.