Oral Health: Salivary Diagnostics

Oral Health is connected to your Overall Health by Bacteria:

Are you at Risk for Periodontal Disease?

Besides the clinical signs of periodontal disease, knowing what bacteria are in your mouth is important in predicting your susceptibility to periodontal disease (bone loss around the teeth)

The mouth is the beginning of your digestive system which contains bacteria which are naturally occurring and needed for our health. 

BUT when these bacteria form plaque in your mouth and it is not removed properly, the plaque AGES. 

As plaque ages, two things happen- it calcifies (gets very hard) and can no longer be removed with a toothbrush and disease producing bacteria start to grow.  It is this “old plaque” known as tartar and calculus that causes “gum disease”, inflammation that is not good for your health.   It is the old bacteria that is calcified that can only be removed by a professional such as your periodontist, dentist and dental hygienist.

It has been said that the mouth is the “Window” of our health and this saying seems to be true.

More and more research is linking the bacteria from periodontal disease in our mouth to diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, infertility in women, preterm birth and low birth weight.

Most recently studies suggest that the bacteria of periodontal disease put you at a 59% higher risk of developing pancreatic cancer.

Your risk to develop these diseases is related to the specific BACTERIA in your mouth.  We can determine with a very simple test of your saliva which bacteria you have.  It also helps us determine if your periodontal disease is aggressive

MyPerioPath® Testing From OralDNA Labs

The MyPerioPath® salivary diagnostic test identifies the type and concentration of specific perio-pathogenic bacteria that are known to cause periodontal disease. MyPerioPath® helps support the clinician with better risk assessment and personalized treatment options for more predictable outcomes.

Oral Health Facts:  compliments of OralDNA Labs     

Periodontal disease is primarily caused by specific types and levels of bacteria; MyPerioPath®allows customized treatment based on an individual’s bacteria profile.

Research supported by the CDC estimates that approximately 47% of American adults have some form of periodontal disease. MyPerioPath® identifies patients at risk from harmful pathogens.

Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans or A.a. (detected by MyPerioPath®) has been found in atherosclerotic plaque and implicated in endocarditis and other deep tissue infections.                                                                                                                       

Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans or A.a. (detected by MyPerioPath®) is known to combine with other bacteria in biofilm and increase the severity of an infection.

A meta-analysis reports that up to 20% of the risk of cardiovascular disease, including stroke, myocardial infarction and peripheral vascular disease is due to periodontal infections, including those bacteria measured in MyPerioPath®.

ASK us about Salivary Diagnostics:  a simple, relatively inexpensive test using saliva that can tell us what bacteria you have in your mouth.

The test report will tell you: • The type and concentration of disease-causing bacteria •  The bacterial information necessary to help classify high-risk versus low-risk cases •  Targeted treatment considerations designed to help you provide personalized therapy Treat the cause, not the symptoms: •  Create a highly personalized treatment approach • Enable better risk assessment for more predictable outcomes • Establish a systematic way to track patient oral health progress • Increase patient acceptance of recommended treatment plans

OralDNALabs-MyPerioPath-report:  Example of the test reporting results