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Oral DNA Testing

Our office is now able to use DNA testing to identify the exact kind of bacteria that may be causing a patient periodontal (gum) disease. This will help us determine the source of a patient’s specific infection, as well as figure out if the bacteria could contribute to other overall health problems. This test also gives Dr. J. Lee Pettigrew valuable information as to which kinds of treatments will be the most effective.

After gathering a patient’s saliva sample, it will be sent to Oral DNA Labs® for analysis. Once this analysis has been completed, a MyPerioPath® report will be sent to us which contains the determination of the bacteria present, their relative levels, and possible treatment recommendations. This test also allows us to monitor the level of a certain bacteria after we have started treatment in order to see if it is working or not.