With periodontal disease affecting 80% of the population, diagnosis and education are vital when helping patients stay healthy. The process of diagnosis has traditionally been probing and bleeding; however, this is now an outdated process with the discovery of biofilm. Oral DNA is a saliva test we were using to get diagnostic information on the type of bacteria present to determine treatment regimen. It was costly for the patient and results took a few weeks. There had to be a better way, so we decided to search for an alternative method to better educate patients so they can visualize the disease in their own mouth. The process of collecting a plaque sample and preparing a slide takes minutes and fits seamlessly into our workflow. I can’t imagine practicing dentistry without a phase contract microscope. The patient can now view live, mobile bacteria in real time, which increased patients’ acceptance of disease and treatment protocols. The fact they can now see what has been discussed has many patients becoming believers in the need for periodontal health. The patient can see progress at subsequent visits, and they feel encouraged that their home care makes significant changes in their oral health.
For more information email Bill Landers at Oratec. Blanders@oratec.net
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