A View of Your Oral Health That Goes Beyond Teeth & Gums

Wouldn’t it be great if you had a crystal ball to predict every health ailment and prevent it from becoming serious?

When it comes to periodontal disease, we have a crystal ball of sorts in the form of a powerful diagnostic tool: OralDNA testing.

Periodontal disease – also known as gum disease – is called the silent epidemic for good reason. Early stages of it can be undetectable. It can cause gum recession, bone loss and tooth loss if left untreated. Periodontal disease also has been linked to more serious systemic ailments, such as heart disease and diabetes. Studies continue to reveal to us that the mouth is a window into our overall health, and good oral health can promote overall health. 

OralDNA testing combats this silent epidemic. The MyPerioPath salivary diagnostic test identifies the type of harmful bacteria that have been shown to cause gum disease, as well as the concentration of that bacteria.

The test is simple. We give you a saline solution to swish around in your mouth for 30 seconds. Then you spit the solution into a collection tube and we ship it to OralDNA Labs for testing.   

“Once we have this information, we know how to better approach preventive care,” says San Francisco dentist Dr. Robert Walley. “Some people are genetically prone to periodontal disease, regardless of their home care regimen, and this testing identifies the type of bacteria present in the mouth. Knowing what we’re dealing with enables us to provide more effective treatment.” 

Why is this a big deal? The most common cause of tooth loss among adults is untreated periodontal disease. Thirty percent of people have gum disease even though they brush and floss regularly. One quarter of adults who are age 65 and older have lost all of their teeth due to untreated oral disease, according to a public health report released by the National Library of Medicine. 

“We have an opportunity to change that statistic when we identify who is prone to periodontal disease,” Dr. Walley says. “This is another tool at our disposal that will enable more people to keep their natural teeth healthy for a lifetime.”