By: Carter Lamb, RDH
March 18, 2019
A periodontal patient of record is diagnosed with active periodontal disease. Therapy is needed to achieve a healthier oral state; however, the patient has uncontrolled diabetes and poor home care that may be contributing to the patient’s oral health status.
Additional comments: The Systemic Effects of Oral Pathogens, page two of the MyPerioPath®, report helped in educating the patient that there were several bacteria that could be complicating her diabetic control.
After therapy and a period of time for healing, the MyPerioProgress® post-therapy specimen was collected on 1/24/2019. Upon periodontal evaluation after therapy, the tissue appeared to be healthier. There was a dramatic reduction of calculus and decrease in bleeding on probing. The patient’s overall skin appearance was improved and she indicated better control of her blood sugars.
I learned that we need to use OralDNA® tests more often so we can have an objective measurement of what the therapy achieved. The patient appreciated seeing the more dramatic changes in the biofilm. She realizes her periodontal status is delicate and it can impact her overall health. We will continue to monitor her compliance and administer another MyPerioPath® when her disease state relapses.
Carter joined the Dycus Dental team in 2018. She graduated from Tennessee State University in 2015 and served as the class secretary. She moved to Cookeville in 2018 from Macon, Georgia.
Carter loves her coworkers and the family atmosphere at our office. She enjoys giving specific care to each of our patients and has a positive attitude and a smile on her face every day!
Carter married her husband Tre in 2015. When she is not at the office she enjoys traveling, exercising, reading and watching Tennessee Tech football games.