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The Future of Dentistry: What can we expect?
By Kimberly R. Miller, RDH, BSDH
February 2011

The future of Dentistry is Wellness! With the innovation of salivary diagnostics, chair side blood testing and antioxidant screenings, we can preemptively uncover risk and treat to prevent instead of intervening in an already progressive disease process.

Salivary diagnostics can tell us which bacteria are present and in what concentration. These findings are important because periodontal pathogens must first establish a foot-hold before disease ensues. If we can, through sampling salivary pathogens, predict disease by either pathogen quality and quantity or genetic sensitivity, why not do so? Then our treatments will truly be aimed at prevention. What would the benefits be? No irreversible disease, no pathogens in high concentration entering the blood stream and the return to complete health through the elimination of the bacterial risk factors or by controlling the pathogens in the PST positive patient. Visit oraldna.com for more information.

Chair side blood testing, while new in the dental profession, has huge potential to become a screening tool to uncover diabetes, periodontal disease risk, low vitamin D levels and CRP levels. These are tools for prevention. If we could discover an issue prior to a physical manifestation and treat it to resolution, shouldn’t we do so? Don’t our patients deserve that level of sophistication in preventive care? Visit healthyheartdentistry.com. Use ‘frogz’ as the promotion code when you order.

Using a biophotonic scanner to determine the antioxidant levels in those patients who are battling periodontal disease or any other inflammatory disease is a viable option. Developed in 2005 by Pharmanex the biophotonic scanner tells the patient their antioxidant level. Antioxidant levels directly correlate to how long an individual will potentially live. The higher the score the longer you will potentially live. Those who suffer with periodontal disease have low antioxidant scores. Once again, if we can increase a patient’s antioxidant score and help prevent the onset of periodontal disease, why wouldn’t we want to do that? Read the white paper Nutritional Modulation of Periodontal Inflammation for more information.

©2011 Richard Nagelberg, DDS & Kim Miller, RDH, BSDH, RDHMP