Periodontal disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss requiring treatment in order to halt the progression of disease and preserve healthy gums and teeth. Periodontal disease (gum disease) is a bacterial infection which causes damage to the gums and destroys the bone surrounding the teeth. Gum disease begins with no symptoms or pain and progresses over time, destroying more and more tissue. Gum tissue becomes puffy, reddened, and bleeds when brushing. As the gums recede, periodontal disease causes loose teeth in adults.
Periodontal health has been linked to overall health of the body. Multiple studies have linked periodontal disease to systemic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. If periodontal disease is directly connected to these serious health conditions, then it makes sense to use a tool which tests for the presence of destructive bacteria in your mouth.
My Perio Path® is a simple, painless test which identifies and measures certain bacteria present in your mouth using a simple saliva sample.
At our office, we use clinical laboratory services from OralDNA Labs® to ensure we are giving our patients the best oral health information possible. OralDNA Labs® is a specialty diagnostics company designed to provide reliable, definitive and cost effective clinical tests that guide oral health professionals in detecting and diagnosing disease at an earlier, more treatable stage.
As the art and science of dentistry continues to make advances, Dr. Jerry Dunn of Advanced Dental Care of Las Colinas remains committed to remaining on the leading edge of advanced dental technology.