Los Angeles Pediatric Orthodontist Reminds Patients to Update Medical History 

Dr. David Alpan, a Los Angeles pediatric orthodontist, explains a few reasons why medical history matters at the orthodontist and encourages patients to keep their office informed about any medical changes.

by David Alpan Thursday, September 15, 2011
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - Medical history paperwork is more than just another page of new patient information to fill out. The details on those pages contain information that helps the orthodontist determine the best treatment plan and how to keep the patient healthy throughout the process. Dr. David Alpan, a Los Angeles pediatric orthodontist, stresses the importance of providing the orthodontic office with the complete-and current-medical history of the patient.

"Orthodontic treatment usually spans an extended period of time, so it isn't uncommon for medical statuses like prescription medications or a newly-diagnosed condition to change," says Alpan, who offers Damon clear braces. "Just keep your doctor informed so they can keep you safe and provide the best possible orthodontic experience."

Medical history, also called a health questionnaire, should include information regarding cardiovascular, blood, respiratory, neurological, liver, endocrine, renal and musculoskeletal system conditions, all medications and supplements, allergies of any kind and whether the patient has an eating disorder. All information is confidential and covered under HIPAA, the health information privacy act.

Several commonly prescribed medications can cause dry mouth, increased plaque or enlarged gum tissue that would need to take that into account when determining the ideal orthodontics, according to Alpan, a kids orthodontist.

Children and adults with respiratory disorders might need to avoid intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Some neurological conditions present in the orthodontic chair, which means the orthodontist needs to know what could happen. Patients with eating disorders are more susceptible to dental caries, erosion, tooth sensitivity and salivary gland hypertrophy.

"We are not judging or penalizing anyone for medical conditions when we ask for a health history," says Alpan. "But we do need the information to create long-lasting, healthy smiles through orthodontics." Learn More Learn more about Dr. David Alpan who also provide braces for children or you want to

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about his practice Aesthetic Orthodontics at http://www.aeortho.com/ or by calling the Los Angeles office at (213) 382-8228.

About Dr. David Alpan
Dr. David Alpan earned the Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco and became licensed to practice dentistry in California and Nevada in 1996. He went on to earn his Orthodontic Specialty certificate at UOP in 1998. During the same year, UOP awarded him the Master of Science in Dentistry (MSD) degree for his masters' thesis on the results of his two-year TMJ research project.

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