The Bacterial DNA Test

When you have an infection of any kind it is standard practice to take antibiotics to kill the problem bacteria. This is no different when treating periodontal gum disease. When the infecting bacteria have spread right into the gum tissue it is untreatable using such techniques as BOST. It becomes necessary to take antibiotics to eliminate the bacteria within the tissue. However, without knowing the exact strain of bacteria that is causing your infection, there is only a one in ten chance of choosing the best antibiotic to cure the infection.

By taking a bacterial DNA test prior to starting your treatment you can determine the exact strain of bacteria present and then a treatment plan can be implemented that best has the ability to cure your specific problem.

What is the bacterial DNA test?

The test is a very simple, safe and painless procedure. There are four tiny paper points placed under your gums for just fifteen seconds and these are then sent to a laboratory for analysis. It will take just ten days for your dentist to receive the results. It really is that simple.

Analysis of these samples by an expert will quickly and accurately determine the genetic fingerprint of the bacteria present in your mouth. Identification of the bacteria leads to identification of the correct antibiotic with which to treat it and this dramatically heightens your chances of successful treatment for your infection.

How might the test help me?

There are a number of ways in which taking the test might be beneficial to you.

Firstly, if you are currently suffering from periodontal gum disease, and especially if curing the disease is proving to be a problem for you and your dentist, it may be that the treatment is not effective for the particular strain of bacteria causing your problem. Identifying the bacteria may lead to discovering a different treatment that will be successful in eliminating the problem.

Periodontal gum disease is often caused by lifestyle choices such as smoking or a bad diet that leads to such dental problems as this. However, sometimes periodontal gum disease is a genetic inheritance and in these cases it is nothing to do with your lifestyle. If you do carry a genetic risk of periodontal gum disease then taking a bacterial DNA test could help you to identify the problem early and this could prevent the bacteria from causing any nasty infections.

If you have previously suffered from periodontal gum disease and are about to undergo any dental procedures such as orthodontic work or receiving dental implants; it may be beneficial to take a bacterial DNA test to make sure you are free of any infection before the work is done.

Similarly, if you have a dental implant that has already become infected then AirPerio treatment may be able to help the problem and possibly save the implant. Taking a DNA test prior to this will aid in making sure the least treatment is carried out with maximum impact on the fragile implant.

Periodontal gum disease has been linked to premature births and infertility. If you think it could be possible that you are suffering from periodontal disease and are struggling to have children, taking a bacterial DNA test will be able to confirm whether or not the disease is an issue for you and may therefore be affecting your fertility.

How can I take the test?

There are two ways in which to get a bacterial DNA test: firstly, you could speak to your dentist about it. Your dentist will be able to set the test up for you. Alternatively, you could send a DNA test request to AirPerio through their website and they can arrange the test for you.

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