According to the American Dental Association, an estimated 75% of all Americans over the age of 35 have some form of periodontal disease. Furthermore, science is showing a direct link between oral health and overall health. Specifically, there has been shown to be a link between periodontal disease and heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and some forms of cancer.
Periodontal disease is caused by a bacterial infection. A simple DNA test can now determine the specific type and quantity of disease-causing bacteria in your mouth! These bacteria, if left untreated can cause periodontal disease, tooth loss, and also affect your risk for developing other systemic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes (among others).
Swishing a small amount of sterile saline throughout the mouth for 30 seconds performs this gentle oral rinse procedure.
A lab report will identify the presence or absence of bacteria associated with periodontal infection, and allow development of a personalized treatment plan!