By: Sue Baughman RDH
December 12, 2017
The patient has Class II periodontitis with a lack of home care and recall. Through periodontal therapy, our goal is to establish a remission of the disease and establish a healthier bacterial load to reduce oral/systemic complications. Through education, our goal is to establish home care habits to assist patient’s remission and stress the need for recall not just for health of periodontium but overall health.
On October 5, 2017, patient was seen for a 6 week tissue check. Patient has been using an electric toothbrush 1-2x per day, flossing a couple times per week, utilizing a tongue scraper, and using the chlorhexidine mouthrinse. Patient discontinued the rinse after 2 weeks due to increasing sensitivity. Post-therapy periodontal charting was completed with 1 localized 4mm residual pocketing and 12 out of 168 bleeding on probing. OralDNA® MyPerioPath® saliva sample was collected. A prophy, polishing, flossing was also completed. Patient will be seen every 3 months for periodontal maintenance. On October 10, 2017 MyPerioPath® results showed reduced periodontal pathogens. The pre-test showed 7 pathogens above threshold and the post MyPerioPath® showed 0 pathogens above threshold. Patient was called and results were reviewed, she then received a copy to give to her medical doctor.