To better customize and personalize dental care for our patients, we often use easy saliva testing to give us more information as to the root cause of either inflammation in the mouth or lesions present. These professional laboratory tests are done through Oral DNA Labs.
Our office is pleased to announce the availability of laboratory tests relating to oral health. One of the conditions is gum disease, which can result in loss of your teeth. Bacteria and inflammation cause gum disease. More than 50% of Americans have gum disease. The other condition is oral cancer. Oral cancer can be caused by infection with a virus called HPV and by tobacco and alcohol use. HPV-related oral cancer occurs most often in people who don’t smoke or drink very much. A different kind of oral cancer occurs in smokers who drink a lot. About 36,000 Americans get oral cancer every year.
Please let us know if you have more questions and let us know if you are interested in one of these tests.
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The MyPerioID® PST® identifies individual genetic susceptibility to periodontal disease and enables the dentist to better establish which patients are at increased risk for more severe periodontal infections due to an exaggerated immune response because of genetics or DNA changes.
The MyPerioPath® test identifies the type and concentration of specific perio-pathogenic bacteria that are known to cause periodontal disease. MyPerioPath® helps support the care team with better risk assessment and personalized treatment options for more predictable outcomes. It finds out which bacteria are triggering the gum disease. Once we know which bacteria are in your mouth and at what amount, we can come up with a treatment plan that’s right for you. For example, this information can help us select the right antibiotic or product for you. We highly recommend this test if you have gum disease or a family history of gum disease, heart disease, or diabetes.
The OraRisk® HPV test can tell if you have an HPV infection in your mouth. If you do, you might have a greater risk of getting HPV-related oral cancer. Like most cancers, it’s important to detect oral cancer early. If we know you have an HPV infection, we can watch you very closely for signs of oral cancer.
The OraRisk® Candida test identifies all common species of the yeast, Candida; which is known to cause oral thrush in patients with a normal or compromised immune system. Candida species identification is key to treatment choice since some types of Candida are resistant to standard antifungal treatments. Additionally, our interpretative report guides the clinician with treatment recommendations.