Is A Medical Model Right for Your Practice? Part 1: Telehealth

When you go to a primary care physician for a routine examination, chances are you’ll get weighed, have your “vitals” (blood pressure, temp, pulse) taken, have your lungs and chest listened to, ears, nose and mouth explored. Perhaps they’ll take an EKG to monitor your heart. Lastly, they’ll ask you to provide a urine sample and have blood taken so some lab tests can be run. What happens afterwards? Since the results of your urinalysis and blood work take several days to get back, ther...
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Computer Security and You: Part 2

Last week in Part One, common breaches were defined, and remedies explored. After reading Part 2, your objectives will be to comprehend the complexity needed for passwords and to enable two-factor authentication for your OralDNA® Labs account. Passwords are another significant risk with online accounts. A common practice is that people use the same username/password on multiple websites. The problem with this practice is that when a site gets hacked exposing your username/password, now a ...
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Computer Security and You: Part 1

Computer security can be an intimidating topic with many terms, acronyms, and different attacks to understand. We’ve all heard the terms phishing, malware, viruses, and ransomware, but may not fully understand what these things mean and how they are a threat to you. You can be exposed to all these attacks simply by using email or browsing the web. What can a user or business do to defend themselves and their patient data against this vast array of risks? As with most things in life, there ar...
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Dental Hygiene Student Discovers the Value of OralDNA® Testing

Challenge: To reduce periodontal pathogens in the oral cavity that are contributing to severe periodontal inflammation, improve oral malodor as reported by the patient and remove unsightly calculus buildup that is harboring oral pathogens. Introduction: In Fall of 2021, I had the pleasure of learning about OralDNA® Labs’ testing from my instructor Jamie Griggs of Colorado Northwestern Community College (CNCC). Before knowing anything about OralDNA® or how the process works, I wondered why...
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Dental Hygiene Student Helps Manage Periodontal Disease Through MyPerioPath® Testing

Challenge: To reduce periodontal pathogens in the oral cavity that are contributing to severe periodontal inflammation and tissue sensitivity. Background: The patient is a 33-year-old female with a history of treatment for ovarian cancer. The patient presented with severely inflamed gingiva with generalized extreme heavy bleeding upon gentle probing. Upon touch, there was generalized sensitivity. For the patient’s home care routine, she states that she practices daily toothbrushing and in...
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Resolutions and Upcoming Events

As the New Year is upon us, resolutions are a common tradition. Although resolutions are easy to make, only a small percentage achieve their goals. If your resolution is to provide a higher level of care for your patients, incorporating OralDNA Labs’ testing services is achievable and we are prepared to help you reach that goal. Personalized webinars are available upon request and typically last about 30-40 minutes. Click here to send us your preferred dates & times. Attend the live ...
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Interview with Dr. Chelsea Gonzales

Dr. McGlennen: Tell me how you use OralDNA® salivary diagnostics. Dr. Gonzales: We use OralDNA® to create a customized plan for treating our patient’s periodontal disease. We also use it to gauge the success of their periodontal treatment and revised home care regimens. Salivary diagnostics enables us to treat the patient’s whole health by tying their periodontal condition to their medical history and treating the specific bacteria that could be contributing to multiple health conditions. ...
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Interview with Kristen King RDH

Dr. McGlennen: Tell our readers how you use OralDNA® salivary diagnostics. Kristen RDH: We recommend OralDNA® saliva testing on all patients that have bleeding/inflammation regardless of probe depths. We utilize MyPerioPath® for these patients to customize treatment plans and target the cause of the inflammation. We utilize a post MyPerioPath® test, called MyPerioProgress®, to measure the effectiveness of the therapy we provided. It is awesome to use an approach where we can have objective ...
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Training and Upcoming Events

Continuing your education after graduation is a must. This helps you keep in touch with new discoveries in your field and is generally required to maintain licensure for many health care professionals. A great option for providing additional training for your team is to request an OralDNA® webinar with Clinical Specialist Diane Larson, RDH by emailing support@oraldna.com. The training session is typically about 30 minutes in length and provides valuable information about OralDNA® Labs’ testing s...
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How to Share a Case Study

 An article written by Crowe, Cresswell et al. states a case study is a research approach that is used to generate an in-depth, multi-faceted understanding of a complex issue in its real-life context.1 Periodontal disease fits this definition because it is a complex issue with real-life context. Personally, case study presentations have been a huge benefit in establishing my approach to periodontal therapy. What I learned in school is that the one size fits all approach should work, however I’...
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