This feature article emphasizes the pivotal role of patient interviews and medical history assessments in establishing the foundation for dental care. Delving into the essential components of a patient's medical history, the article underscores the significance of gathering comprehensive information, including medications, allergies, and lifestyle factors. The patient interview is explored as a dynamic process aimed at building rapport, understanding the chief complaint, and addressing potential health risks. The article navigates through various scenarios, from adapting questions for specific patient situations to handling challenging topics such as substance abuse and behavioral health issues. Ultimately, the integration of total medical assessment into dental practice is highlighted, emphasizing the importance of collaboration with physicians and staying updated on medical knowledge.
Panek, Richard W. DDS and Georgiev, George DDS
"The Foundation for Dental Care: The Patient Interview and Dental/Medical Health History,"
The Journal of the Michigan Dental Association: Vol. 104:
4, Article 3.
Available at: https://commons.ada.org/journalmichigandentalassociation/vol104/iss4/3
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