It started as Becky Logue’s quest several years ago to create a tool that would make her job more efficient. It continues today as her small business that helps people accomplish more with their computers — by using their feet.
Logue is a registered dental hygienist. She worked in dental offices for many years. In addition to cleaning patients’ teeth, she was responsible for periodontal charting — “perio charting” for short. This is a process of manually probing and then entering numbers to assess and describe the gum line around each tooth.
Perio charting presents several challenges. Perhaps the biggest is avoiding cross-contamination. Logue says that if she stopped after every tooth to type numbers on a keyboard or write them on a paper chart, she would be at risk of bringing germs from those surfaces back into the patient’s mouth.
Bacteria can live on the surface of a computer keyboard for weeks.