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.