Oral DNA Test in Spicewood, TX

What Is an Oral DNA Test?

Certain harmful oral bacteria predispose patients to serious oral health conditions like tooth decay and gum disease. Preventing these oral health problems is important because this same bacteria can spread to other regions of the body, as we know oral health and overall health are connected. 

Inflammation from oral health problems can increase your risk of systemic diseases that can reduce your life expectancy. With oral DNA tests, we can test the specific strains of bacteria in your mouth to gauge your risk for developing these conditions. 

This is an important early detection tool that can help us prevent oral health problems before they are even identified or worsen. By identifying what strains of bacteria are present in your mouth, we can develop a more personalized treatment for you. 

If you have dealt with continuous cases of z or tooth decay, you might have a particularly harmful type of bacteria that is resistant to treatment. By identifying this, we can figure out what antibiotics should be prescribed to eliminate this bacteria. Contact us at Bee Creek Dental today to schedule a consultation.

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Did you know…

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Gum disease is linked to a higher risk of heart disease and stroke.

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How It Works: The Oral DNA Test Process

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Consultation

Dr. Donkersgoed will discuss your oral health history with you and perform an oral exam to look for signs of tooth decay or gum disease. Oral DNA testing is recommended for patients who have recurrent oral health problems despite practicing good oral hygiene and receiving restorative treatment.

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Oral Rinse

You will be given a sterile solution to rinse your mouth with. You will need to swish it around for about 30 seconds. 

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Lab Testing

The oral rinse that you gargle for 30 seconds is then spit out into a collection tube. This saliva sample is sent out to a lab for testing.

Results

The lab will be able to provide us with results of the specific strains of bacteria as well as the quantities that were present in your saliva.

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Follow-Up

Once we know your risk factor for these oral health problems, we can tailor your treatment to reduce your risk for these conditions.

Did you know…

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There is a link between diabetes and gum disease.

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Around 40% of Americans suffer from dental anxiety.

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Have Questions About Dentures? Find Answers Here.

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How Do I Care for My Dentures?

Rinse them when you take them out and before putting them back in. Always store your dentures in their storage case when you aren’t wearing them. Don’t run your dentures under hot water, which can morph them out-of-shape. You need to brush your dentures with a soft-bristle toothbrush and denture cleaner twice a day and should soak them in it at night. Avoid eating excessively hard or sticky foods.

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How Will My Lifestyle Be Impacted If I Get Dentures?

It will take some getting used to when you first get dentures. At first you may notice that you’re producing more saliva and sound louder than normal, have a restricted diet and find it difficult to pronounce certain sounds. Your gums may also feel sore and tender. All of this will subside within about a month but you will still need to be mindful of what you eat, take your time, and cut your food into smaller bites.