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New Oral DNA Testing Now Available
We are excited to offer three new laboratory tests to our patients. All three tests are non-invasive and only require the patient to swish a saline type liquid in their mouth for 30 seconds then discard in the test cup. All tests are sent via FedEx to the Oral DNA Lab in Tennessee and we receive the results in a week. Here is a brief description of each test now available:
Periodontal DNA Test – This is a revolutionary test to give each young adult the knowledge if they are pre-disposed hereditarily to Periodontal Disease. Inflammation involved in Periodontal Disease is linked with heart disease, diabetes, strokes, Rheumatoid arthritis, possibly Alzheimer’s disease, and some cancers. With test results our hygiene department can educate our patients on the many ways they can improve their oral care to prevent this gum disease from manifesting and causing major medical issues in the future.
Periodontal Pathogen Test – This test identifies the virulent or aggressive bacteria associated with the patient’s current inflammation of gum disease. The test results show exactly which bacteria(s) is/are present orally and what antibiotic protocol is needed to reduce or eliminate the infection. We then combat the underlying cause of inflammation, reduce the bacterial count and improve the overall health of our patients. Good oral health complements good general health!
Oral HPV Test – This test provides early detection of high risk HPV viruses that can lead to oral cancer. The oral HPV virus does not typically show any visual signs or symptoms. Most people are completely unaware of the HPV virus being orally present. The “risk factors” used for deciding on an HPV test are individuals who smoke and use tobacco, males and females who are sexually active, and individuals with a family history of oral cancer. Very recent data leads us to believe that the fastest growing segment of the oral cancer population is non-smokers under the age of 50. Your hygienist will discuss all risk factors regardless of age.
Please ask your hygienist at your next cleaning if you would benefit from one these new tests.