Oral DNA Testing
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that over half of all U.S. citizens have gum disease. Left untreated, these individuals are at high risk of advanced periodontitis, tooth loss, and inflammation throughout their bodies. Scientific evidence has made clear that the bacteria in your mouth enter your bloodstream and are carried to all the organs of your body where certain oral bacteria can increase your risk of many systemic diseases.
Encino Dentist, DNA Saliva Testing
Did you know that Dr. Isaac Comfortes of Encino, California can determine the specific type and amount of disease-causing bacteria in your mouth? What’s more, he can provide you with the advice, treatment and medical referrals you might need to lower your risk of chronic periodontal disease and other inflammatory diseases of your whole body, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, metabolic disease, and more. Oral DNA testing might even save your life.
Dr. Comfortes partners with OralDNA Labs for saliva diagnostics. Your saliva is collected by swishing a small amount of sterile saline solution in the mouth and spitting it in a funnel. Your saliva specimen is sent to the lab. When the lab report is returned, it will list the specific bacteria present that are associated with gum infection and allow Dr. Comfortes to develop an effective treatment plan. With bacteria-specific antibiotics, the bacterial risk of disease progression will be reduced. In most cases, his targeted treatment will greatly help stop the periodontal infection from continuing.
Another test can tell if you have an exaggerated immune response to oral bacteria due to family genetics and will put you at greater risk of developing gum infections. Even with good oral hygiene at home, patients with this susceptibility benefit from more frequent teeth cleaning appointments and checkups.
Tests also can be done to learn if the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV), Chlamydia trachomatis or Neisseria gonorrhea are present in the mouth or throat. Specific types of the HPV virus can be identified that have separate risk factors for oral and throat cancers. Early detection and monitoring will enable optimal treatment. Patients of Dr. Comfortes should not be embarrassed to request testing and medical referral.
Dr. Comfortes is passionate about OralDNA saliva testing.
Dr. Comfortes was one of the first dentists to offer this service and to test his own oral health. His personal test results have helped him achieve improved periodontal and systemic health. He knows first hand how beneficial this can be, and he is happy to talk about his own experience with patients.
Dr. Comfortes is glad the testing is available for many reasons. He can now:
- Identify the specific bacterial cause of a patient’s oral infection.
- Determine if a patient has a genetic susceptibility to periodontal disease.
- Evaluate the risk for developing oral infection.
- Evaluate the risk for causing or exacerbating certain systemic diseases.
- More effectively treat those who have advanced or chronic gum disease.
- More effectively monitor and track the progress of a patient’s oral health.
- Intentionally refer patients to appropriate physicians.
- Educate and motivate patients about their specific circumstances.
- Create a healthy foundation for dental restoration of their smile.
- Help patients achieve and enjoy optimal health.
“My patients with diabetes, heart disease, metabolic disease, and arthritis have had improved lab results for their conditions after DNA saliva testing and targeted treatment for disease-correlated bacteria in their mouths. Because they have been prone to inflammation of their gum tissue and sometimes suffered from periodontal disease, they are delighted to achieve control over the infectious bacteria in their mouths. Now, they enjoy much improved oral and overall health. Many have had smile makeovers to restore their teeth and gum tissue. Their renewed confidence and healthy, beautiful appearance make them—and me smile!”
— Isaac Comfortes, DDS
Who should have OralDNA saliva testing?
Everyone is a candidate for oral bacteria testing and may benefit from it. Please speak up if you have interest in the testing. Each time you come to our office, we will inquire about any changes in your health and medications. And, we will be looking for signs of periodontal inflammation. Common signs include:
- Red, swollen or tender gums that may bleed when you brush your teeth.
- Gum tissue that is receding or pulled away from your teeth.
- Pockets between the teeth and gums.
- Recurring or chronic bad breath or bad taste.
Depending on your circumstances, you may have a heightened reason for saliva testing. Dr. Comfortes recommends saliva testing for patients with gingivitis, periodontitis, and/or one or more known or suspected inflammatory diseases.
More saliva diagnostics are on the horizon.
Through diagnostics providers, saliva testing is expected to soon be available for the early detection of dental caries and multiple other disease conditions. This is an exciting time for dentists like Dr. Comfortes who are focused on patient health.
If you are interested in oral DNA testing, give us a call today!
Your interest in achieving optimal health for your personal circumstances means a lot to us. We welcome your call.