Oral DNA testing is one of the tricks and tools we use in treating gum disease more efficiently and more effectively. There are thousands of different types of bacteria in your mouth, but seven of those bacteria specifically can cause major infections in the gums and the bones around the teeth.
With the Oral DNA kit we have the ability now test for these specific types of bacteria. The process is simple and can be done as part of your regular cleaning visit. You’ll rinse with a saline solution for 30 seconds, spit into a test tube, which is then sent to the Oral DNA lab for testing. They’ll provide accurate levels of bacterial counts and can help us prescribe antibiotics based on your specific needs.
Oral DNA testing shows us the exact kinds of bacteria present in your mouth. This information tells us if you are more susceptible to certain kinds of gum disease and tooth decay. If we find that certain dangerous and destructive bacteria are present in your mouth, we can use specific antibiotic therapy to target and destroy these bacteria.
Sometimes patients have a chronic infection, chronic gum disease, or problematic bad breath that they can’t seem to get rid of. We use Oral DNA testing to find out if there is a bacteria that is the underlying cause of these problems. Also, gum disease has a genetic link, and Oral DNA testing indicates if you are genetically susceptible to developing gum disease.
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most common virus groups in the world. According to the Centers for Disease Control, at least 20 million people in the United States are infected with HPV and there are approximately 6 million new cases each year. Oral HPV is a manifestation of the HPV virus in the mouth, and is primarily found in the oropharyngeal complex. Specific types of oral HPV are now considered to be a separate and serious risk factor for developing oral cancers.
Early detection and identification of the presence or absence of oral HPV is important, as early oral HPV infections do not typically cause any clinical signs or symptoms. The OraRisk® Oral HPV test is a non-invasive, easy-to-use screening tool to identify the type(s) of oral HPV, a mucosal viral infection that could potentially lead to oral cancer. OraRisk® HPV testing enables the clinician to establish increased risk for oral cancer and determine appropriate referral and monitoring conditions.
Atlanta Dental Spa works with OralDNA Labs to do two different types of DNA testing: MyPerioPath and MyPerioID. The MyPerioPath test identifies the specific bacteria present your mouth. If your mouth is infected with the types of bacteria that cause gum disease, Atlanta Dental Spa will customize your treatment to eliminate the specific types of harmful bacteria present in your mouth.
The MyPerioID PST OralDNA testing determines if you are genetically predisposed to develop gum disease. If we find that you have this genetic predisposition we will customize your hygiene plan to help you prevent future development of the disease.