Oral DNA Bacteria Testing
Periodontal Disease is caused by a wide variety or oral bacteria which can vary from patient to patient. If left untreated, the presence of this bacteria can lead to the destruction of the bone which surrounds our teeth, ultimately resulting in tooth loss. Studies have shown that the bacteria associated with untreated Periodontal Disease may also have an affect and increase a person’s risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and premature birth rates among pregnant women.
In order to determine exactly which types of bacteria are causing a patient’s specific periodontal issues, the Doctors at Rhode Island Periodontics may recommend a simple Oral DNA test to assist them in diagnosing and treating their disease. A gentle oral rinse with sterile saline for 30 seconds is all that is needed to complete this evaluation.
This MyPerioPath® salivary diagnostic test identifies the types and concentrations of specific perio-pathogenic bacteria that are known to cause periodontal disease. A detailed report from MyPerioPath® helps to support the doctors with information regarding a patient’s risk assessment and personalized treatment options, including the use of specific antibiotics which may be beneficial during the course of treatment for more predictable outcomes.