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Updating Medical History

Do you need to have a patient fill out a new medical history if nothing has changed? I thought since there was a comment box the hygienist or dentist can just sign their name and date and say no change? Wasn’t sure if there was a certain protocol.



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While we review a patient’s medical history at every appointment, a new health history should be filled out by the patient every 2-3 years, regardless if there are changes or not. Some offices even do it every year. Health histories are legal documents so being comprehensive falls under the standard of care.

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We have our patients fill it an entirely new one every two years.

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