Interview with Madison Afsari, RDH

Dr. McGlennen: Please tell me how and why you became interested to incorporate OralDNA® testing at your practice. Madison RDH: Our dental hygiene team wanted a way to determine exactly what type of bacteria our patients have in their mouths, so we can treat them the best way possible. Dr. McGlennen: What do you see as the biggest benefits to using salivary diagnostics in your practice? Madison RDH: The biggest benefit for us is being able to reduce patients' overall bacterial load i...
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Oral Systemic Links Through the Eyes of a Gen Z

My name is Kavya Kadakia and I am a 9th grade student in Southern California. As a freshman, I got a wonderful opportunity to execute a science fair experiment. I pondered upon topic ideas for my science fair project for a while. My mom, a dentist, talks about her dental work within the house including patient struggles, small discoveries within the dental community, and many talks about the Mouth-Body Connection®. Ironically, I never considered dentists real doctors. Yeah definitely, a smart mo...
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Who Guides Your Patients To Their Destination? with Dr. Michael Goldberg

In my last blog, I discussed the value for, and the tactics involved in trying to discover a patient’s WHY. Recent events and the effect that inflation has, and will continue to have, on all our lives for the foreseeable future, makes this exercise of utmost urgency in your practice. In light of this new reality, I would like to propose that you consider reframing each and every role in the dental practice. If your treatment is not presented in the right light, towards a patient-relevant bene...
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How do You Speak Testing? With Dr. Michael Perpich

Patient Bio: A 24-year-old male new patient, who recently graduated is seeking treatment. His chief complaint is crowding and a bothersome #14 which had endodontic treatment 7 years prior. His periodontal clinical signs are listed below. The patient hasn’t seen a medical doctor in two years as his studies were very demanding. His blood pressure today is 108/73. How would you introduce therapy including Alert 2™ to this patient? In reviewing your exam, it looks like you have several a...
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Why? What? How? with Dr. Michael Goldberg

WHY?…WHAT?…HOW? This is a philosophy that is often taught in dental and hygiene schools: Diagnose, Treatment Plan, then Treat. And yet, immediately after this is taught, a focus is placed on learning treatment, or the HOW. And then upon graduation the focus also becomes on treatment and production. The diagnosis (WHY) and planning (WHAT) become secondary. They’re only an avenue to an end…Production, a means to an end. That’s where the money is. In a nutshell, that’s the problem with...
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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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Uncontrolled Diabetic – Referred by Physician

  Background: The patient is a 41-year-old female who has not been seen by a dental professional since 2008 (10 years). The patient stated her chief concern as “My doctor said my uncontrolled diabetes could be caused by my mouth.” Other medical concerns are high blood pressure and acid reflux. The home care routine consisted of manual tooth brushing only. Following the periodontal assessment, the patient was diagnosed with active, localized, chronic periodontitis due to the present s...
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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 Diane Lindeman RDH

Dr. McGlennen: You have been using our services since 2009. Do you recall why you started using OralDNA® testing? Diane RDH: We were very excited about being able to have yet another very important tool to help our patients achieve oral/systemic health. I personally need to see results to really believe in something. I cannot tell you how amazed I have been over the years seeing the difference OralDNA® testing has made on the outcomes of periodontal therapy for our patients. Having been w...
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Case Study: Class III Moderate Periodontitis with Halitosis

Background: The patient is a 61-year-old male who presented with concerns of halitosis. The home care routine consisted of daily tooth brushing and inconsistent flossing. Following the periodontal assessment, the patient was classified as Class III generalized periodontitis with localized Class IV due to pocket depth measurements, heavy bleeding on probing with inflamed, bulbous, and erythematous tissue. The patient has a history of periodontal therapy and has maintained a 3-month recare int...
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