Class II Periodontitis and Mouth Breathing

Challenge: To establish health through periodontal intervention per JP Institute protocols.

Background: A female with ADHD and panic disorder appointed to the office in early 2016. A referral to a periodontist was given resulting in the consultation recommendation of surgery for the extraction of all third molars with a fair prognosis. The patient scheduled, but later canceled the surgery and denied extraction of all third molars.

In Spring 2017, at age 25, the female returned to the office with the chief complaint of bleeding, painful gums, halitosis and mouth breathing. The periodontal assessment revealed generalized 4-5mm pockets with localized 6-9mm pocket; the bleeding on probing was generalized. It was agreed to try a non-surgical therapy approach.

Solution: The JP Institute protocol includes procuring a saliva specimen followed by multiple sessions of therapy with co-therapy instruction (aka home care instruction) and nutritional counseling. A MyPerioPath® was secured on 4/20/2017. The treatment plan consisted of 6-8 periodontal therapy visits. The 1-hour periodontal therapy sessions included micro-ultrasonics and oral irrigation. The co-therapy consisted of Sonicare® toothbrush, Sonicare® Airflosser, StellaLife® rinse/gel/spray, flossing and LifePak® Nano. For the post-therapy testing, the Alert 2™ was taken on 8/3/2017 which includes MyPerioPath® and MyPerioID®. The systemic antibiotic of Metronidazole 500 mg twice a day for 10 days was administered following the post-therapy test.

Resolution: By incorporating OralDNA® salivary tests, the pre MyPerioPath®, and integrating The JP Institute methods of communication, my patient was able to own her disease. The pre MyPerioPath® confirms a bacterial cause and the post MyPerioPath® gives an objective measurement of bacteria reduction. The MyPerioID® portion of the Alert 2™ being G/G, or High risk, helps to establish the need for more comprehensive non-surgical therapy and frequent recare as well as forewarns the patient of possible relapse.

I was confident the periodontal therapy was going to result in a healthy tissue response, which is apparent from the below photo. The patient and I were pleasantly surprised with the overall health benefits including improved energy, better breathing- as her sinuses cleared resulting in secession of mouth breathing, and her mood stabilized resulting in discontinuation of Adderall.

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Annie-Laurie Harris, BSDH, RDHMP

Annie-Laurie Harris, BSDH, RDHMP

Annie-Laurie Harris BSDH, RDHMP has been in clinical practice for 22 years. Her career began in a progressive periodontal specialty practice where she developed a fascination for the treatment and maintenance of periodontal disease. She was introduced to a philosophy and technique that was innovative and successful in treating periodontal disease. She received intensive training from the JP Institute in Evolutionary Hygiene in 2004.

"When the dentist I worked for signed a group of us up for JP Institute's 3-day training, my life changed in an instant. To learn of the link between oral disease and systemic health, with practical, scientific solutions, it was as if a light bulb went off." When I got on the plane and then home after the training, I read the entire JP Institute manual. Who gets excited about training manuals!?Energized and excited, my first day back to clinical practice, I enrolled my first eight patients!" In 2008 she completed JP Institute’s Mastership program. She is also currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Dental Hygiene Research at Old Dominion University.

She became a founding member of the American Academy of Oral Systemic Health. This discovery ignited an enthusiasm for the science and treatment of biofilm. Her colleagues and patients have given her the affectionate nick-name “Dental Geek”. She has been known to attach a head cam to demonstrate (to her willing patients) live video of the biofilm disruption process. Annie is thrilled to be mentoring and training to her fellow colleagues and considers herself a JP Institute Evangelist. She is proud to be part of the community of JPInstitute certified trainers and clinicians committed to leading the global movement for oral and systemic health with collaborative dental care.
Annie-Laurie Harris, BSDH, RDHMP

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