There has never been a more crucial time to take care of your oral health. Periodontal disease affects half of the nation’s population and oral cancer kills one person per hour 365 days a year in the United States. Research by National Institutes of Health shows that oral diseases are also strongly associated with several systemic diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and respiratory disease. Periodontal disease can even lead to cancer, with studies finding a 49% higher likelihood of kidney cancer, 54% of pancreatic cancer and 30% of blood cancers.
Being proactive about oral health is paramount for whole body wellness. Routine visits to your dentist plus excellent oral hygiene is essential, but you can take it a step further with an extremely simple saline rinse test from OralDNA® Labs. The test is designed to detect oral pathogens associated with oral and systemic diseases and cancer. It also reveals if you were born with gene markers that can increase inflammation—a predisposition known to raise the severity of periodontal disease, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
One of the tests available, OraRisk® HPV, screens to identify the presence of Human Papillomavirus (HPV), one of the most common virus groups in the world. 20 million people in the United States are affected by HPV, and the virus presents a significant risk factor in the development of oral cancer. Early oral HPV infections often do not cause symptoms, so early detection of oral HPV is important.
Similar to a blood test, a saliva test can provide useful insight and predict your oral health. It reveals the exact type of bacteria present in your mouth that may increase the risk of tooth decay or disease. With the results from the test, your dentist can create not only a personalized treatment, but can assess your response to medications.
“Our offices were providing the service years ago,” says Linda Golden, DDS of Golden Dental Wellness Center in Manhasset, “and now OralDNA® has improved their program and can provide even more key health information through saliva testing for our patients. This can lead to discovery of periodontal disease that could later contribute to systemic diseases.” The easy salivary diagnostic test is revolutionary in that it allows your dentist to individualize your dental care like never before. No two mouths are alike, but all mouths are a key to health for the body and mind. Clean teeth and fresh breath are but one piece of the puzzle— OralDNA® testing provides the additional pieces needed to attain optimal wellness.
Dr. Golden provides the OralDNA® test right in her office. New and existing patients can simply call her office at 516-627-8400 to schedule an appointment and receive $50 off their OralDNA test.
Golden Dental Wellness Center is located at 444 Community Dr., Ste. 204, Manhasset. To learn more, call 516-627-8400 or visit GoldenSmile.com.
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