Gum Disease DNA Testing
Gum infections and periodontal disease are among the most common ailment affecting people in the United States. Over 60% of North Americans over 35 suffer from some form of periodontal disease, which can be traced back to heart disease, strokes, and certain types of cancer.
Dr. Schulze and Dr. Perez are both dental professionals who believe that prevention is the best form of treatment. With DNA testing for gum disease, Island Tower Dentistry is able to determine how susceptible an individual is to gum disease and how best to treat it.
How the DNA Test Works
Oral science has identified that there are 13 known different types of pathogens that can cause gum disease. When your immune system or oral health is under stress you are at an increased risk of those periodontal pathogens getting worse. Some factors that can cause your oral health to wane are physical and emotional stress, hormone imbalances, smoking, infections, and asthma.
Signs You May Have Gum Disease
- Pervasive bad breath.
- Red or swollen gums.
- Tender or bleeding gums.
- Difficulty or pain while chewing.
- Loose or wiggling teeth.
- Longer looking teeth as a result of receding gums.
It was only recently that periodontal disease has been identified and treated through clinical signs and symptoms, this process can take years as patients may be unaware what constitutes a symptom of periodontal disease. Now Island Tower Dentistry utilizes DNA tests to provide a method of identifying periodontal disease and determining how susceptible you may be to it, allowing us to act before the disease and symptoms can be spread any further.
Gum Disease DNA Test in Marco Island
The DNA test is painless and merely involves swabbing the inside of the cheek with a cotton swab. The sample is analyzed and the results show which oral bacteria are present in the patient. Using the results from the test, our dentists are able to diagnose and treat gum disease.
Contact Island Tower Dentistry
Dr. Schulze, Dr. Perez, and their qualified team including dental hygienists and dental assistants are ready to assist you with all your dental needs. To contact Island Tower Dentistry regarding a dental concern or to make an appointment, call the office phone number at 239-394-1004. Island Tower Dentistry is conveniently located at 606 Bald Eagle Drive Suite 200, Marco Island, Florida 34145.