With preventive dentistry, our goal is to identify possible risk factors and offer treatment to prevent the onset of serious oral health problems. As part of our approach, we now offer oral DNA testing to look for signs of periodontal disease and oral cancer.
Testing for Oral Cancer Risks
Over 49,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer each year and the disease’s high mortality rate is due to the fact that the disease is rarely caught in the earliest stages. In addition to routine screenings every year, we can also assess your risk for developing the disease. A major risk factor for oral cancer is HPV, something the OraRisk® HPV test can look for. The test examines your saliva to see if you have a high risk of the disease forming. If the test determines this is true, we will recommend routine visits to monitor your smile regularly.
Watching for Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease is incredibly widespread and can lead to serious complications, including adult tooth loss, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, and more. In some cases, a person may be particularly susceptible to developing the disease. For that reason, we may recommend MyPerioID®, which examines your saliva to assess your risk of developing severe gum disease, allowing us to create a personalized preventive plan.
If you already have the disease, an oral DNA test can again be helpful. We can use MyPerioPath® to allow us to assess the cause and severty of the disease, choosing the most appropriate treatment options to help manage it and protect your smile (as well as your overall health). The test is especially helpful for those that won’t benefit from our more traditional periodontal treatment options. If you have any questions about gum disease, oral cancer, or our oral DNA tests, then contact our office today. We want to help you enjoy a lifetime of healthy smiles.
Do You Need Oral DNA Testing?
Dr. Lawson and our team can assess your risk of developing serious oral health problems and implement preventive treatments. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling our sleep dentistry office in Urbandale, IA, at 515-278-4366.