The Importance of Medical History

Author: Dr. Alison Vitelli, DMD

Dentistry is a field that commonly gets disassociated with the status of our whole body health. But extensive studies have shown that dental health and systemic health go hand and hand. This is why it is so important for us to know about any medical conditions and medications you may be using. Some medical conditions are of great influence to the dental health such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, pregnancy and surgeries.

The blood circulation in our mouths, specially, our gums, communicates with the rest of our circulatory system. Whenever gum disease is present, our immune system creates an inflammatory response. This inflammation cannot be properly fought by our body cells if uncontrolled systemic conditions are present.

At Spring Lake Dental Group we strive to take care of you, our patient, in the most comprehensive and
professional way possible. In order to achieve this, we need to know you so we can take all the
measures to protect you in every way! I feel is also important for you to know, all this medical
information is used by your dentist and hygienist to take great care of your needs and it is always
confidential. We discuss your medical history together with you because we want you healthy and
showing a beautiful and healthy smile!