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Oral DNA Testing

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Saliva testing for periodontal diseases

The oral environment is full of bacteria. There are many strains of bacteria present in our mouth. Although some bacteria are good, a few bad strains can destroy the gums and supporting structures for the teeth. Because the gums support the structure of the teeth, they certainly need to be healthy in order to hold the teeth intact. When the bad bacteria leaks into the bloodstream through the gums, it can cause major issues such as heart attack, stroke, premature birth, rheumatoid arthritis, dementia, Alzheimer’s, uncontrolled diabetes and more. By knowing the exact bacterial strain that is troubling your gum health, we can narrow down the treatment plan to one that is tailored to meet your specific needs. Oral DNA testing is a recent advanced technology in dentistry which uses your saliva to test which bacteria is actively involved in destroying your gums. There are more than ten strains of bacteria that can cause periodontal disease. 

Procedure

Oral DNA testing is a simple process that will not consume much of your time. You just need to swish a saline solution and spit it into a tube. The collected sample is sent to the oral DNA testing lab to diagnose the kind of bacterial strain that caused the disease. Once we receive the test results we can provide better advice about the correct medication and clinical procedures. It also enables us to target a specific treatment plan that helps to eliminate the root cause much earlier. We can also test your genetic predisposition to diseases and possibly prevent you from acquiring them through well-planned preventive measures. 

If you have questions or concerns about your gum health, feel free to reach out to us for support at any time. Our team of doctors is always available to guide you to find the best solution for your dental issues. We practice whole health dentistry and we are always focused on helping you become as healthy as possible.

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