Eagle's Landing Periodontics

Bacterial DNA Testing

When you have an infection of any kind it is standard practice to take antibiotics to kill the problem bacteria. 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.

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.

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.

(paraphrased) Content Written By Dr. Jose Zurdo