After completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Explain the role of biofilm and its pathogenic potential in the periodontal disease process.
- Define phase-contrast microscopy and how its use as a highly engaging tool in periodontal pathogen identification to improve patient acceptance of their disease process.
- Recognize how phase-contrast microscopy can be used in periodontal pathogen identification to enhance customized periodontal treatment recommendations and pathogenic biofilm mitigation.
- Understand how to assess the efficacy of periodontal therapy during treatment through monitoring of the subgingival microflora by utilizing this cost-effective and efficient modality.
- Conclude why pathogen identification is imperative in a healthy periodontium before periodontal involvement in the prevention of sequelae from unidentified pathogens in a healthy sulcus through a review of the data.
- Understand evidence-based complementary therapy recommendations to eliminate pathogens during periodontal therapy such as the use of medical-grade ozone and pH balancing.
Peer-reviewed studies support the notion of the oral-systemic link and it's connection to wellness or disease. It is more important than ever to have the patient understand and accept periodontal treatment. Unfortunately, many patients resist the acceptance and ownership of their disease. It can be a daily battle for the hygienist and the dental office. How can we fight a war if we do not know the enemy? Seeing is believing. The use of a phase-contrast microscope to evaluate the sub-gingival flora during a dental appointment improves periodontal treatment acceptance and their outcomes by visualizing the pathogenic bacteria. The ability to detect pathogens such as treponema denticola or entamoeba gingivalis during a dental visit will significantly enhance treatment recommendations for biofilm management and mitigation. Using phase-contrast microscopy for pathogen recognition and periodontal case presentation will not only improve patient acceptance of their disease diagnosis, but your patients will also be more likely to accept your treatment recommendations.