Your mouth is the gateway to your overall health, and at Oneida Park Dental Studio, we offer Oral DNA testing to help you understand and treat risk factors to your oral and systemic health.
Our mouths are home to hundreds of species of bacteria and other microbes (fungi, viruses) known as our oral microbiome. While some species are healthy, others are harmful.
Inflamed gums can get cut more easily, which allows the harmful bacteria to get into our bloodstream and affect the rest of our bodies.
As these bacteria move around our body, they can cause further bodily inflammation and damage by releasing toxins and other byproducts into the bloodstream.
Infection of the gums is caused by a variety of bacteria. The inflammation that results from gum infection can also lead to the spread of those bacteria elsewhere in the body. A cause of atherosclerosis, involving large blood vessels in the heart and in the neck, are one of the places these oral bacteria can land. These bacteria cause local inflammation and the risk of forming unwanted blood clots. A stroke is caused when blood clots, arising from these areas of diseased blood vessels, break loose and migrate to the brain, where they cut of the blood supply to that area of the brain. In this way, oral bacteria are involved in strokes.
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There are other health issues that are related to unhealthy oral bacteria including:
- Oral cancer
- Cardiovascular disease
- Colon cancer
- Alzheimer's disease
- Pregnancy complications
- Sexual wellness
- Risk of stroke
- Tooth loss
- Dental decay
- Bad breath
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Why should you complete Oral DNA testing?
Oral DNA testing can find bacteria and pathogens that threaten your oral and systemic health. Gum disease pathogens may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, strokes and diabetes.
You can learn if you have certain gene markers associated with increased inflammation which is a critical factor in these diseases.
Oral DNA testing can also find if you are at high risk for HPV which is associated with oral cancer.
The Oral Cancer Foundation states that HPV is the leading cause of oropharyngeal cancers. In fact 65% of oral cancers are linked to HPV.OralDNA® Infectious Testing Options include:
- OraRisk® HPV
- OraRisk® HSV Type 1 and Type 2
- OraRisk® Chlamydia/Gonorrhea
- OraRisk® Candida
We want to help you identify and manage risk factors so that you may enjoy optimal health for many years! Call us today at 303-531-1578 to schedule your appointment for Oral DNA testing. Take charge of your health!