We offer saliva testing through a partnership with OralDNA. We can test for things like genetic risk for inflammatory disease, HPV that predisposes to oral cancer and bacterial testing for the common germs that cause gum disease. By knowing exactly what bacteria we are dealing with we can better tailor treatment options for each individual.
Saliva testing is easy, all you have to do is spit in a vial and we take care of the rest. Most results are back in a weeks time.
It’s a great idea to be tested before having any treatment done and then again a couple of months later to confirm that the disease has been effectively treated. Undiagnosed and untreated gum disease is a leading cause for tooth loss but more importantly it is also a risk factor for heart disease, many cancers and pre-term low birth weight babies. Therefore, taking control of gum disease can be very beneficial to your overall health.
If your gums bleed or are swollen and red hot be sure to ask your hygienist if saliva testing is right for you.