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Periodontal Disease Report - Evaluation & Treatment Options

By Christine Taxin
April 19, 2017


Periodontal Disease Report--

Evaluation & Treatment Options



Date: ___________________


Your gum disease classification:

  • Healthy; no disease present
  • Gingivitis
  • Chronic Periodontitis
    • Number of areas with 5mm or deeper periodontal pockets: ______
    • Loss of supporting bone around teeth


Your home care options:

Make sure you have done lunch and learns with the products you will be recommending.  I use GC America, Carie Free, Perio Chip, and others to make a decision that is best for the patients in your care. If you would like the direct link to any of these companies please email for a list.

  • Electric Toothbrush—Use two times or more every day; full two-minute cycles.
  • Stimudents—use at least once every day.
  • PerioAid—use at least once every day.
  • Rubber tipped stimulators—use at least once every day.
  • Mouthrinse
    • Chlorhexidine mouthrinse—Peridex or Perioguard.
  • WaterPik
  • Home Fluoride gel or paste—Contact GC America
  • Contact Caries Free  Toothpaste


In-Office Non-Surgical Treatment Options:

  • Preventive Cleanings—to prevent gum disease.
    • every 6 months
  • Maintenance Cleanings—after active treatment of existing gum disease, to help keep infective bacteria under control.
    • every 3 months (long-term)
    • every 4 months (long-term)
  • Scaling/Root Planing—a “deep cleaning” for periodontal pockets 5mm and deeper; using anesthetic, ultrasonics, irrigants, and specialized cleaning instruments.
  • Arestinâ—localized bioadhesive antibiotic placed in deeper pockets. Or contact Perio Chip
  • Laser curettage & disinfection—Nonsurgically removes infected gum tissue.
  • Periostatâ doxycycline—low level oral antibiotic taken for a few weeks during active treatment.
  • Root desensitization treatment—helps make sensitive roots less sensitive to cold air and liquids. GC or Carie Free


Other Treatment Options:

  • Referral to a gum disease specialist (Periodontist) for evaluation and treatment. May consist of gum surgery, gum and bone grafting, extractions.


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