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Treating the Fearful - from a Dentist's Perspective.
Dentist Howard Schwadron, DDS and hygienist Kim Stevens, RDH receive the Orkos Award from Perio Protect for their excellence in a case study treating a patient with gum disease.
At the September appointment in 2007, Stevens completed a comprehensive periodontal exam that included probing for periodontal pockets (measuring the gaps that formed between her teeth and gums). The lower arch contained the deepest pockets measuring 10 millimeters. Her far back tooth (tooth #31) was in the worse shape. It had drifted in the absence of the tooth next to it (tooth #30) and pitched forward. There was 100% bleeding on probing (meaning, at every possible point her gums were bleeding) and the bleeding was heavy. Upon being presented with the prognosis, the patient had to acknowledge the situation. As Stevens recalls that the patient was so afraid of a deep cleaning that she chose not to use the technical term for it – “scaling and root planing” and she reiterated Dr. Schwadron’s message that a deep cleaning was needed, but still the patient adamantly refused. Stevens admitted becoming very frustrated. Stevens then told her the only thing left to try was a non-invasive delivery of medication with prescription Perio Trays®. Stevens thought she would still lose her teeth, but the patient agreed to this non-invasive approach and Dr. Schwadron prescribed Perio Trays® from Perio Protect.
The story has a happy ending and is documented at the following website: http://www.theorkosaward.com
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