Dentist Jay Lopez, D.D.S. of Tucson strives to comprehensively evaluate and treat the oral health of all his patients. Taking a medical approach, he can diagnose the specific type and amount of disease-causing bacteria in your mouth with oral DNA saliva testing. If you have gum disease, the treatment you receive after this testing will be highly effective in lowering your risk of chronic periodontal disease. This is because Dr. Lopez can prescribe bacteria-specific antibiotics and an appropriate schedule of clinical dental cleanings and other periodontal treatment if more advanced treatment is indicated.

Scientific studies have made clear that the bacteria in your mouth enter your bloodstream and are carried to all the organs of your body. Certain oral bacteria can increase your risk of many systemic diseases. By reducing the harmful bacteria colonizing in the periodontal bone and gum tissue, around the roots of your teeth, you are not only reducing the risk of severe periodontal infection, gum recession, and tooth loss. You are also lowering the risk of systemic inflammatory diseases. These inflammatory diseases include heart disease, stroke, diabetes, metabolic disease, rheumatoid arthritis, certain cancers, and more.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that more than 50% of all U.S. citizens have gum disease. If gum disease is not effectively treated, these individuals are at high risk of advanced periodontitis. Because oral DNA saliva testing is relatively low cost, it is an invaluable diagnostic tool that can save your life.

Dr. Lopez partners with OralDNA Labs for saliva diagnostics. Your saliva will be collected by swishing a small amount of sterile saline solution in your mouth and spitting it in a funnel. Dr. Lopez will send your sample to the lab. When the lab results come in, you will be informed of the list of specific bacteria that were found in your mouth that are associated with gum disease. Targeted antibiotic treatment will greatly reduce the risk of the periodontal infection continuing.

Should you have Oral DNA saliva testing?

Each time you come to our office, we will inquire about any changes in your health and medications. And, we will be looking for the signs of periodontal inflammation. If you have gum disease, Dr. Lopez may recommend oral DNA testing, depending on how advanced the inflammation is, if professional dental cleaning has not made a difference (i.e., your gum disease has not responded to initial treatment), or if gum inflammation frequently occurs in your mouth. If you have heart disease, diabetes, or another systemic inflammatory disease, he may also recommend routine testing, as certain bacteria can make these conditions worse.

If you are interested in oral DNA testing, you may want to become a patient of Dr. Lopez.

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