Are Dental Records That Are Not Current a Big Deal?
Posted on 11/20/2019 by Office
Most people know that their medical records are important to keep up to date. Your dental records are just as important.
Not only do they give us the ability to see what has happened in the past, they can also protect you from situations that were dangerous like experiencing an allergic reaction to certain anesthesia. Keeping the records current can keep from having a repeat allergic reaction.
There are many situations you can find on the internet of doctors and dentists who are being sued for malpractice and they arise from many areas of care that resulted in a traumatic experience. Although the care was well-intentioned, the bad experience could have been avoided by having accurate records. This is also one of the reasons why we update all of our patient's dental x-rays whenever they come in to see us for their bi-annual exams.
Why It Is Important to Retain a Personal Copy of Your Old Dental Records
There are many reasons that can lead to changing dental practices. Anytime you change dental offices, a major red flag is if your new dentist does not request the records from where you were before. For example, you may avoid x-rays or undergoing diagnostic procedures for a problem that has already been evaluated at a different dental practice.
Without written records, your newly created patient chart will rely on your memory. Periodically request copies of your dental records and store them in a safe place. It ensures your safety in future dental care. Be sure to ask us for a copy at your next visit. We are proud to provide accurate, up to date records and as always, we are more than happy to help you and answer any questions you may have about your oral care.