By: Maria Teague, RDH
November 15, 2019
A periodontal maintenance patient of record presented past due for re-care. The initial exam revealed signs of active periodontal disease indicating that the patient is no longer in periodontal remission. Medically, the patient is undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
I submitted this case study before the patient returned for the re-care appointment because I wanted to highlight how the MyPerioPath results streamlined my therapy. Originally looking only at the clinical signs of disease, I would have assumed there was a significant bacterial cause and both myself and the patient were prepared to include systemic antibiotics in the therapy. However, when the MyPerioPath results showed minimal bacteria, I then understood most of the inflammation was due to what the patient was experiencing in her overall health. I was able to provide personalized therapy for this patient.
Maria is a 2013 graduate of dental hygiene from Community College of Baltimore County, Dundalk. She is a licensed registered dental hygienist in the state of Maryland and currently working for a private practice in Annapolis. In her free time, she enjoys rock climbing and riding dirt bikes with her fiancé Chris.