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GENETIC TESTS FOR ORAL DISEASE

What are genetic dental tests?

In recent years, it’s been found that genetic factors are at the root cause of certain medical conditions, including periodontal disease and oral cancer. This is exciting news because it allows people at risk to be identified more quickly, so appropriate monitoring and referrals can take place. This can help us catch problems earlier and deliver more personalized treatment, which can greatly improve patient outcomes.

Dr. K is proud to be one of the first dentists in the country to offer three advanced genetic tests from OralDNA® Labs. These tests are quick, painless, noninvasive, and extremely valuable for early detection and effective treatment of oral disease.

Genetic testing for periodontal disease

A large percentage of the population is at risk for periodontal (gum) disease, which is a major cause of tooth loss. In the past, most everyone thought it was caused by poor oral hygiene. But recent research confirms that most gum disease is actually a result of common genetic mutations. Certain genes cause an autoimmune response from bacteria, which leads to inflammation and tissue damage.

Dr. K offers two genetic tests that deliver valuable information about periodontal disease:


Genetic dental tests can test your genetic disposition to gum disease. 

MyPerioID® PST®:


This test determines if you have the genes that put you at greater risk for severe gum disease, so you can be monitored more closely for symptoms and/or referred for treatment. This test is recommended for:

AdolescentsPatients with compromised immune systemsPatients with a family history of periodontal diseasePatients with previous periodontal disease, including those receiving implants due to tooth loss from the disease


MyPerioPath test identifies which bacteria causes gum inflammation. 

MyPerioPath®:


This test identifies the type and concentration of the specific bacteria causing the inflammation, so treatment can be tailored appropriately. It’s used as a baseline for patients at risk for developing periodontal infections and those who test positive for genetic susceptibility on the MyPerioID® PST® test.

The test is also recommended for:

Patients with any form of gum disease, especially those who are not responding well to treatmentPatients with diabetes (type 1 or type 2) or a history of cardiovascular diseasePeople who use tobaccoPatients about to undergo surgery or radiation treatment




Genetic testing for oral cancer risk


In recent years, it’s been found that genetic factors are at the root cause of certain medical conditions, including periodontal disease and oral cancer. This is exciting news because it allows people at risk to be identified more quickly, so appropriate monitoring and referrals can take place. This can help us catch problems earlier and deliver more personalized treatment, which can greatly improve patient outcomes.

Research has uncovered a genetic link between the human papillomavirus (HPV) and cancer of the mouth, head, and neck. The virus, which can be spread through sexual contact, is associated with a 32 percent greater cancer risk, which is significantly higher than traditional risk factors such as smoking and alcohol abuse.

The HPV link is thought to be to blame for the increasing incidence in younger people (ages 18 to 40) who do not smoke or drink excessively. All sexually active patients should get this test, and we offer it as part of every comprehensive exam.


OraRisk℠ HPV:

OraRisk HPV can identify a condition associated with oral cancer.

Identifies the human papillomavirus (HPV), a viral infection associated with oral cancer. A similar test is used to identify cervical cancer risk. Both types of HPV are spread through sexual contact, and patients who test positive for the virus should be closely monitored for early symptoms. OraRisk℠ HPV enables the clinician to establish increased risk for oral cancer and determine appropriate referral and monitoring conditions.

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Fill out the form to the right and receive a bonus new patient offer for your next genetic test for oral disease.

In addition, our new patient coordinator will contact you shortly to get you scheduled.  We look forward to meeting you.