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ORAL DNA TESTING

Are you at risk? Oral DNA testing helps us identify the exact types of bacteria present in your mouth. With this information, we are able to tell if you are more susceptible to certain kinds of periodontal disease or tooth decay. By identifying the specific type of bacteria present in your mouth, we can target it with selected antibiotic therapy.

Often times patients have chronic infections, chronic periodontal disease (gum disease) and even troubling bad breath (Halitosis) that is persistent and difficult to eradicate. Oral DNA testing can be used to find out if there is underlying bacteria causing the problem. Also periodontal disease has a genetic link and oral DNA testing can be used to see if you are genetically predisposed to developing the disease.

Everyone has bacteria in their mouth, but not everyone gets periodontal disease.

The following can increase your chances of getting periodontal disease:

  • High amounts of disease causing bacteria
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Smoking Tobacco
  • Stress(grinding or clenching of the teeth)
  • Poor diet
  • Certain medications
  • Genetic DNA makeup
  • Other medical conditions
    • diabetes
    • heart disease
    • obesity
    • pregnancy
    • Rheumatoid arthritis
    • osteoporosis/osteopenia

Dr. Minadeo-Fox works with Oral DNA labs which offers 2 screening  tests:

My Perio Path test - which finds out which bacteria are triggering the patients periodontal disease. These bacteria could be different in different patients.

My Perio ID PST - which can tell if the patient has specific changes in his or her DNA. These changes might mean that the patient is at greater risk of more serious disease.

These tests are performed using a saliva sample that is easy and fast to collect. The sample is then sent to the Oral DNA labs, where a personalized bacterial profile is obtained for the patient. These results are sent to our office for evaluation.  We will then customize a treatment plan to eliminate the specific harmful bacteria present in your mouth and in cases of genetic predisposition we will develop personalized periodontal therapy to prevent the future development of disease.

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