Oral DNA Testing

oral dnaBloomsburg and Danville PA

For centuries, the mouth has been treated as a separate unit, apart from the rest of the body. But supporting research links oral health to the state of one’s overall health. Meaning, certain oral health conditions can impact the health of your entire body, and certain systemic inflammatory diseases can show up in the mouth. This is why regular dental visits are imperative to maintaining, not only your teeth and gums but your overall health as well.

Thanks to OralDNA salivary testing, our Bloomsburg dentists take caring for your mouth to a whole new level. OralDNA salivary diagnostics allow us to test your saliva to identify oral pathogens that could threaten your oral or systemic health. These common pathogens are directly linked to gum disease, which may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, and birth complications in pregnant women.

What does OralDNA salivary diagnostics detect?

One of the first things we look for in your diagnostic results is whether you carry gene markers associated with increased inflammation, which could make you more likely to develop gum disease, heart disease, and diabetes. With this information, you can take steps to reduce your risks and improve your health by working with your dentist and your primary care physician. If you already have gum disease, the OralDNA test shows us exactly the type of bacteria causing your gum disease. Bacteria from inflammatory diseases often show up in the mouth. It is possible to discover a health issue that you didn’t know you had just by undergoing a simple OralDNA diagnostic.

If you already have gum disease, the test results will help us recommend the best treatment for your case. OralDNA testing is also used to detect oral cancer, which is highly curable if caught in the early stages, before the first signs and symptoms. Additionally, if you already have been diagnosed with an inflammatory disease like heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, or diabetes, OralDNA allows us to tailor your oral care specifically to suit your needs.

How does OralDNA testing work?

Receiving an OralDNA test in our Bloomsburg dental office is noninvasive and quick. The entire process takes less than a minute. You start by swishing a sterile oral rinse in your mouth for about 30 seconds. Then, we collect the sample and carefully package it and ship it to the diagnostic lab for results.

Who would benefit from this test?

  • Individuals with a family history of gum disease
  • Individuals with heart disease or those with a history of cardiovascular surgery
  • Diabetics or those with a family history of diabetes
  • Individuals with chronic dry mouth
  • Individuals with a history of joint replacement
  • Individuals undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy
  • Immunocompromised individuals

How can I learn more about OralDNA salivary diagnostics?

This revolutionary testing service allows you to take control of your health in ways that were impossible decades ago. If you would like to learn more about OralDNA salivary diagnostics, we encourage you to contact Hamilton Dental Care by calling (570) 387-0533 today. Once your testing is complete, we will contact you to schedule an appointment to discuss your results.