DNA Testing at your Dental Office
At our office, we use clinical laboratory services from OralDNA Labs® to ensure we are giving our patients the best oral health information possible. OralDNA Labs® is a specialty diagnostics company designed to provide reliable, definitive and cost effective clinical tests that guide oral health professionals in detecting and prognosing disease at an earlier, more treatable stage.
Authentic Smiles is now administering molecular tests that provide supplemental information about a patient’s overall health and periodontal disease. This information can be used to develop patient-specific treatment plans for periodontal disease therapy. According to Dr. Matt, “We are very pleased to be one of the first dental practices in the area to utilize diagnostic tests, enhancing our ability to provide the best possible care.”
This simple DNA test of saliva is considered one of the most significant advancements in treating periodontal disease. Saliva contains all the same DNA markers that are found throughout our bodies. We now know that certain genetic markers and specific periodontal pathogens found in our saliva can indicate a much higher chance of contracting periodontal disease and other associated conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis and even cancer. A quick saliva sample helps us to better diagnose and customize each patient’s individual treatment plan, and screen for certain disease risk factors so that they may be detected and treated in early stages.
Real Patient Testimonials
“Hi: I just wanted to send a message to acknowledge the great attention I received by Krystal. She is the consummate professional and I was very impressed by my visit and her experience (yesterday 1/27/2016). She was actually reviewing my records before my appointment, and was very thorough and detailed in documenting the status of my teeth and gums. She was also conscientious about other aspects of oral health beyond my teeth. She was also knowledgeable and shared this with me. I mentioned this to my husband last night, and he concurred. He had a similar experience and he similarly indicated that he was very impressed. In fact, we used to live downtown and have moved. We had contemplated switching practices, and he in particular because his work is really not near downtown (nor is our new home). However, he stated that he intended to continue to be a patient of the practice because he was so impressed with Krystal. A verbose response to write, that we were both very enamored by our experience with Krystal. Thanks for your professionalism and passion, and for really caring about your patients.
Kindest regards, E”