Bacteria is a major factor in oral health. Not all bacteria are bad, but there are many types and combinations of bacteria that can cause problems for your mouth, such as periodontal disease. Due to the large variety of bacteria, it is important to discover exactly what type you may be dealing with.
Knowing the type of bacteria in your mouth makes treatment far more effective. The process for discovering the exact type of bacteria is known as a bacterial DNA test.
The test is painless, easy, and well worth it. Without the test, treatment is much more challenging, far less effective, and much more of a guessing game. The test is done in only a matter of seconds and is painless.
A saline solution is swished in the mouth for approximately 30 seconds. This solution will pick up the bacteria species in your mouth, it is then expectorated into a vial and sent to a lab for analysis.
The results are typically received 10–14 days later. In most cases, the type of bacteria present can be eliminated without the use of antibiotics. Although in less common cases, antibiotics must be administered due to the type of bacteria present. Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans (Aa) and Porphyromonas gingivalis (Pg), which, for example, are known as aggressive species of bacteria, would require antibiotic use.
Anyone can benefit from the bacterial DNA test especially those with periodontal gum disease. Over 75% of Americans have a form of periodontal disease and do not realize it.
Periodontal disease is an infection that can harm the gums and the bone supporting your teeth. The disease can affect one or multiple teeth. It is prudent to diagnose the disease early as it can cause more serious health problems down the road such as heart attack or stroke.
You may be suffering from periodontal disease if you experience any of the following:
- bleeding gums
- loose or shifting teeth
- painful chewing
- bad breath
- gum recession
- bone loss
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is recommended you be seen by your periodontist. Often times, the DNA test will be administered as the first step of your treatment.
Schedule to have the test and a thorough exam done at The Advanced Institute of Oral Health. With over 25 years of experience, our practice offers the highest quality service in the periodontal field.
We will figure out the best treatment plan for you and recommend a bacterial DNA test if we believe it is a necessary step to accurately diagnose and treat you.