As doctors, what should our patients do if we fail to check and record their periodontal condition regularly? What should our patients do if we fail to identify the cause of their specific case of periodontal disease? Perhaps they don’t know bacterial identification can be done easily and quickly. Or that the appropriate adjunctive antibiotic will be indicated based on results of the bacterial test. Or that their treatment plan will be significantly impacted when the bacteria are identified. What would our patients do if they knew?
Isn’t it our responsibility to offer the best treatment possible for our patients? Isn’t it our responsibility to help them achieve a lifetime of oral and overall health? Isn’t it our responsibility to keep up with research and technology advances, and then use them to enhance the level of care we provide? Are we meeting our responsibilities if we fail to identify the cause of each patient’s case of periodontal disease, opting instead for guesswork and hoping for the best outcome? We are definitely not. If you or a loved one were in the chair, would blind therapy be good enough? Is good enough the best we can do?