Total Health – Periodontal DNA Testing
Periodontal therapy at CCCD is taken very seriously. We call our approach Total Health. We know that a healthy mouth can positively impact your entire body. That’s why we use tools that can help our patients obtain optimal health. One such tool is our clinical diagnostic service that allows us to determine exactly what type of bacteria you have, what bacteria is causing a problem, and specific protocols to treat any problems we identify. One of the tools we utilize is laboratory services from OralDNA Labs bacterial DNA testing. This powerful tool allows us to custom design a plan for your periodontal therapy. We identify and target specific bacteria so we can effectively and efficiently treat a wide range of periodontal issues.
Many bacteria actually live inside the gum tissue and can’t be removed with the old-school approach of periodontal therapy which relied totally on scaling and root planing. Bacteria living inside gum tissue are often more aggressive and cause problems. We identify the bad bacteria, determine the levels in your mouth, and determine what needs to be done to reduce them to a manageable level. We know we cannot sterilize the mouth but reducing harmful bacteria to a level your immune system can handle is key.
A painless sample collection process makes it easy for us to gather the information needed to submit for bacterial DNA testing. We can even show you a preview on our in-office microscope. This lets you see what’s in your mouth and what we are trying to identify. We submit a small test tube with your sample for testing and in less than one week we obtain your results. Once the test results are obtained we then determine is high levels of aggressive periodontal pathogens are present. If so, we determine what treatment protocols should be utilized to help get you back to optimal health. Our periodontal therapy is easy to follow and attacks the periodontal problems on three fronts.
First, we actively treat the inflammation in your mouth with in-office therapy. Second, we utilize specific protocols for your home care that takes the guess work out of it for you. Third, we prescribe systemic antibiotics (when needed) to attack the bacteria from the inside. This technique is comprehensive and makes common sense. After all, we are treating inflammation and a bacterial infection, which is a “whole-body” issue.
By utilizing custom designed plans we can avoid treating everyone the same. Our goal is to deliver exceptional value to our patients by offering innovative solutions and advanced techniques. This is our opportunity to practice “Precision Medicine.” One size does not fit all in our office at Charlotte Center for Cosmetic Dentistry!
Today, our patients demand customized solutions for their dental and health needs. We utilize advanced periodontal services such as oral DNA and oral HPV testing so we can determine the very best therapy to offer.
To learn more about advanced periodontal therapy, visit WebMD.com.
Oral – HPV Testing
The incidence of oral HPV-associated head and neck cancers is estimated at more than 70%. Oral HPV is now known to be an independent risk factor for oral and throat cancers.
CCCD believes strongly in the oral-systemic link and feels it is our duty to provide the very best screening systems available to our patients.
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most common virus groups in the world. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at least 20 million people in the United States are infected with HPV and there are approximately 6 million new cases each year.
Oral HPV is a manifestation of the HPV virus in the mouth and is primarily found in the oropharyngeal complex. Specific types of oral HPV are now considered to be separate and serious risk factor for developing oral cancers. Early detection and identification of the presence or absence of oral HPV is important, as early oral HPV infections do not typically cause any clinical signs or symptoms.
The OraRisk® HPV test is a non-invasive, easy-to-use screening tool to identify the type(s) of oral HPV present, as well as the associated risk profile for each type detected. The test lists oral HPV types as high, low or unknown risk based on the virus’s association with malignant changes in HPV infected cells.
By using oral HPV screenings we can establish risk factors and provide the proper referral and monitoring conditions.
For more information about who should be tested ask our registered dental hygienist during your next hygiene visit. She can explain in more detail and provide the test if you want to know more. Contact our office in Charlotte for your next appointment!
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