The dental industry is constantly changing. Thanks to OralDNA saliva testing, patients are now able to be treated based on individual needs, especially those with high risks of developing medical diseases.
Our Approach to Oral Health:
Through a complete periodontal examination, a person will be evaluated for gum disease. Each tooth will be measured for pockets. When these areas are deep, they can cause infection. If left untreated, they can lead to tooth loss. Hygienists will treat periodontal disease with noninvasive therapy, including saliva testing. This identifies the specific bacteria at the heart of the issues. Also, antibiotics, scaling, and root planing may be part of the treatment. When leaving our office, patients are instructed to follow a solid dental care routine.
The Aim of Periodontal Therapy:
This type of therapy is meant to provide a way for a patient’s mouth to heal. When deep pockets are eliminated, there is less chance for infection, and brushing and flossing will be more effective. As teeth are kept free of bacteria, bad breath will be lowered, and a person will be less likely to suffer from a systemic disease like heart disease or diabetes.
Detecting Periodontal Bacteria with Saliva Testing:
OralDNA testing uncovers the type of bacteria that is causing a patient’s infection. This reveals whether or not an oral antibiotic is necessary to fight the problem. When each person is treated according to individual circumstances and needs, positive long term results are heightened.
Scaling and Root Planing:
When plaque penetrates under the gum line, it is necessary to perform scaling and root planing. We use an ultrasonic instrument that removes bacteria and tartar and smooths the tooth’s root so that healing can begin.
Local Antibiotic Placement:
When periodontal disease has advanced, local antibiotic placement may be needed. A time released powder or gel is applied in the deep pockets so that bacteria is killed for up to 28 days.
To receive personalized periodontal therapy, visit Complete Health Dentistry of Worthington. Dr. Barbara McClatchie has been intensively trained by the American Academy of Oral Systemic Health and is able to perform OralDNA saliva testing so that patients have a lower risk of developing systemic diseases. Unlike other dental practices that use conventional methods, we offer state-of-the-art dental care that preserves both oral and overall health. Schedule an appointment and experience the difference.