This morning I took a sample of plaque and saliva from between a patient’s teeth. What we found was interesting; it looked like a huge circle and a long rod and it looked like they were feeding on each other! This is something I really haven’t seen bacteria do before and was exciting to watch.
We are continuing to educate ourselves on using the microscope and identifying bacteria. We are using this in our hygiene department to help educate our patients and help them realize how important their home care is. By seeing the bacteria over time, and maybe even a reduction in their numbers, this can help reinforce the need for three to four month periodontal maintenance visits. It’s also a good tool to use to educate periodontal patients on bleeding points they may have, and even prevention of more problems from occurring.
In our continuation of learning and diagnostics, we have started using a Sony HD HandyCam to increase the magnification and record the bacteria. Unfortunately we are unable to identify the specific bacterium. We do know that our mouths are filled with bacteria, some are the normal flora, and others are pathogenic. We are hoping to be able to increase our magnification so that we are better able to see the microbes. Then we will have a better chance to make a positive identification.
This technology is so fun to use and see. Keep looking out for up dates on our progress and stories about what we see.
-David D., RDH