A significant advance in dental medicine today is DNA bacteria testing. With a simple DNA test at the practice of Greg G. Pitts DDS of American Fork, Utah, professionals can determine the type and quantity of bacteria in the mouth responsible for periodontal disease. If these disease-causing bacteria are left untreated, they can cause periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is responsible for shrinking gums, bone loss, and even tooth loss. Additionally, the oral-systemic connection between periodontal disease and the rest of the body puts a patient at risk of other problems including stroke, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease to name a few. 

With our specialized DNA testing process, we can determine the exact type of bacteria present in the mouth. This information enables Greg G Pitts DDS and his hygiene team the ability to combat it with the most appropriate medications and treatments for the best possible outcome.

Anyone with (or without) the symptoms of periodontal disease will find that they will benefit from DNA testing. This test is also helpful if performed before having other dental procedures, or even clearance for surgeries such as joint replacements or heart surgery. 

What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?

Common symptoms of periodontal disease include:

  • Red, inflamed gums
  • Bad breath
  • Bleeding gums
  • Bone loss
  • Tooth loss

Greg G. Pitts DDS receives lab reports that identify the specific bacteria associated with the patient’s infection to provide an effective treatment plan, allowing patients to reach their goal of obtaining better overall health and wellness within the oral cavity. As with other conditions of the body, early detection and treatment of periodontal disease can help stop the condition from progressing where irreversible damage occurs.

Our team is committed to offering patients the most comprehensive, cutting-edge solutions in oral systemic healthcare and encourages patients to ask about DNA testing for their smile. If you live in the area of American Fork, Utah, and are considering DNA testing to monitor for the early signs of periodontal disease. We welcome you to book a consultation visit with our team by calling (801) 758-0019 and visiting us at 9 North 1100 East. We service patients in the communities of Eagle Mountain, Saratoga Springs, Vineyard, Alpine, Lehi, and Provo.