« Oral DNA Testing
Medical science is amazing. Youíve probably heard about DNA research and developments on the news. Now, we can use Oral DNA tests in dentistry. Dr. Lawson is happy to offer three types of Oral DNA testing.
Two of the tests relate to periodontal disease. MyPerioPath® is for patients who already have gum disease. It tells us which types of bacteria are found in a patientís mouth, so we can implement a more effective treatment plan. Patients who have a family history of periodontal disease or do not respond well to periodontal therapy are great candidates for this test.
MyPerioID® can determine a patientís proclivity for severe periodontal disease, so we can take appropriate preventive measures. MyPerioID® tests for genetic markers that typically indicate a susceptibility to inflammation and bone loss along with a genetic predisposition for diabetes or metabolic abnormalities. This test is ideal for patients who show signs of periodontal disease, as well as those who have the condition and are not responding positively to current treatment. Itís also advisable for patients with diabetes, cardiovascular disease, those undergoing surgery or chemotherapy, smokers, and women of childbearing age. Dr. Lawson recommends that patients receiving smile makeovers, full-mouth reconstruction, or extensive dental work undergo MyPerioID® testing to help predict the outcome of a patientís case. This test is also useful for planning preventive maintenance appointments.
Oral DNAís third test is not for periodontal disease. Instead, it determines a personís risk for HPV-related oral cancers. People who are sexually active, show signs of oral cancer, have risk factors for oral cancer, or present suspicious lesions in the mouth should undergo the OraRisk HPV® exam.
For more information about Oral DNA tests, or to schedule your assessment, call our Urbandale dental office and schedule a consultation, second opinion, or routine appointment with Dr. Lawson. Our practice welcomes patients from Johnston, Grimes, Waukee, and the surrounding areas.