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Leaky Gut & Periodontal Disease And All That Jazz
Leaky gut, periodontal disease, and all that jazz (meaning all those bacteria) play an important role in chronic disease. The tube that courses through the body (called the digestive tract, gastrointestinal (GI) tract, or the alimentary canal) is the initial setting for many chronic diseases that...  Read More
Sage Advice: How Using Sage May Improve Oral Health
Everyone fond of Grandma’s turkey dressing every Thanksgiving knows what sage is, but how many of us knew that it may also be good for our oral health?Sage has been known for years as a natural herbal remedy with potent healing properties, but did you know that chewing sage leaves can clean the...  Read More
My Double-Blind Study
I get inspired about things to which others may just respond with a yawn. Well, it’s the geek in me coming out. For example, here is a study, which was published in July 2017, that gets me inspired – inspired enough to write a protocol for a double-blind study, which will be fully funded by a US...  Read More
The Secret Health Cost Reduction Insurance Companies WANT You to Know
Aetna’s 2006 study showing health costs decrease when people see their dentist at least once per year prompted their Dental/Medical Integration(DMI) program as a standard offering at no additional cost for medically at-risk members. At-risk members are identified as those with diabetes, heart...  Read More
ATP Testing for Dental Hygiene and Disease Diagnosis
Biologically, humans already possess hygiene and sensory indicators such as sight, smell, touch, hearing, and taste. these sensory indicators generate a response of fight or flight. However, the inherent sensory indicators have their own limitations and often fail to perceive certain indiscernible...  Read More
Explaining Gum Pocket Measurements to Patients (Periodontal Charting)
The importance of understanding the the periodontal disease during your dental visits. Dr. Rockey explains the importance that patients understand the numbers and meaning of periodontal probing and charting during dental visits. He makes the connection between low gum pocket measurements to healthy...  Read More
3 Risk Factors for Periodontal Disease
One of the most powerful tools in the fight against tooth decay and gum disease is simply being on the lookout for issues. If you can identify problems early and stop them in their tracks, you will be able to ensure that your teeth stay healthy and strong. Unfortunately, if you ignore issues, tooth...  Read More
To Floss or Not To Floss
Should You Floss?Much of the dental community is upset about the recent Associated Press report questioning the efficacy of flossing. Is the a disservice or a blessing in disguise? I choose to look at it as ablessing. What else could possibly bring flossing into the forefront ofthe social media...  Read More
Meet Perry O' Dontal®
Perry is a plump, festive Irishman who is always upbeat and merry. His inflamed, pinkish skin tone and swollen appearance are only natural for this chronic case of periodontal disease.Perry had better get back to Molar Towne® Dental soon for treatment, because we all know that people with...  Read More
Periodontal Treatment Planning
Questions To Ask In Periodontal Treatment PlanningUp to this point I have posted several blogs concerning theperiodontal assessment. We’ve talked about periodontal charting, theevaluation of radiographs, the assessment of local factors, etc. I liketo refer to the accumulation of this...  Read More
What  Do You Think Happened When I Told My Patients They Have Periodontal Disease?
Hygienists see patients daily who have perio.What do you say when a longtime, routine hygiene patient who now has perio disease?Are you nervous they may go to another office if you tell them things in their mouth are not status-quo today?Will they complain because their insurance doesn't pay for...  Read More
Periodontal Evaluation – Inflammation
Periodontal Evaluation – Inflammation ManagementOur periodontal evaluation needs to include an evaluation of theinflammatory response. This is an interesting subject becauseinflammation is both good and bad. Inflammation can martial the forces,so to speak, that attack and destroy invading...  Read More
15 Oral Hygiene Tips To Help Engage Your Patients!!
BuzzFeed recently published an article regarding oral hygiene strategies. Could be a good way to help engage your patients!  Read More
Periodontal Examination Of Attached Gingiva
Analyze The Attached GingivaA periodontal examination includes evaluation of the attachedgingiva. Is the attached gingiva adequate in quantity and quality? Theamount of attached gingiva necessary to maintain periodontal health hasbeen debated. From a practical perspective, the attached gingiva...  Read More
Periodontal Radiograph Analysis
Radiograph Analysis In A Periodontal SettingPeriapical and bitewing radiographs provide a wealth of informationabout the patient’s dental condition. They are indispensable fordiagnosis and treatment planning. They are indicative of the patientstatus at the time they were taken. Radiograph...  Read More
Are You Concerned About Telling Your Hygiene Patients They Have Periodontal Diease?
Do you have patients who have been coming to your office for years and now, all of a sudden, show signs of periodontal disease?Are you concerned they may leave the office if you tell them they have periodontal disease?View this video. Get a pen and paper to take some notes and write down...  Read More
Managing Periodontal Care
Periodontal Care Is All About DocumentationWe’ve gone through a series dealing with the periodontal evaluation.Of course, we next need to formulate a diagnosis and proceed withappropriate treatment. When all is said and done, the patient is thenplaced in a maintenance program where his/her...  Read More
Periodontal Charting
Periodontal Charting – It’s Not Just Pocket DepthWhen we talk about periodontal charting we think pocket depth.Pocket depth is an important part of the periodontal exam but it’sobviously not everything. In fact, as a stand alone diagnostic, it’salmost meaningless. Why do I...  Read More
Periodontal Evaluation - Mobility
Evaluate Tooth MobilityTooth mobility needs to be considered when evaluating the treatmentand care of a periodontal patient. Why? Because untreated mobility canhave negative consequences for healing, especially if a regenerationprocedure is planned. Other more obvious sequela of mobile teeth...  Read More
Periodontal Evaluation – Furcations
Analyze The FurcationsWe are in a series discussing the key elements of a periodontalevaluation. My last blog touched on the importance of evaluating notonly the quantity, but also the quality of calculus. Now, let’s move onto another important finding, furcation involvement.The degree of...  Read More
3 Periodontal Examination Necessities
Periodontal Examination Information You Must HaveIn the past, I have mentioned what I feel are the most importantexamination findings of a periodontal examination from a treatmentplanning perspective. In my opinion they are:1. A determination of the quality of the calculus2. A determination of the...  Read More
Periodontal Disease - The First Appointment
A Periodontal AssessmentWhen someone says periodontal exam we think of periodontal probing.Measuring pocket depth is an important part of the examination but it’snot the whole story. In my opinion, it isn’t even the most importantpart of the story.What are we attempting to do at the...  Read More
Individualize Your Periodontal Treatment Approach
Your Patients Are UniqueIt seems that many of us suffer from “one size fits all”. This is notsurprising; it’s how we were trained. I’m referring the hygienic phaseof periodontal treatment. This is where every periodontal patientreceives instructions in plaque control,...  Read More
Periodontal Disease Treatment Guide
ADA Guidelines for Non-Surgical Periodontal Disease TreatmentThis past July, the American Dental Association releasedEvidence-based Dentistry Guidelines for Non-surgical Treatment ofPeriodontal Disease.A panel of 16 experts reviewed over 1900 articles and in the end 72articles were included in the...  Read More
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