The most recent news about the connection between Alzheimer’s disease and periodontal pathogens represented a major stride forward in informing patients about how important oral care is to their overall systemic health. This finding further supports the practice of zero tolerance for bleeding in the mouth.
In addition to scaling and root planing, lasers and antimicrobial rinses, we use microscope slides to check for the presence of spirochete and amoeba. Another adjunct to treatment is the OralDNA test from OralDNA Labs. The simple saliva swish test can be sent to the lab, with results coming back to your office in a few weeks.
The results tell you what bacteria are present and if patients are at high risk, moderate risk or low risk for developing periodontal disease. The company also provides interpretation of the results and treatment considerations. The high risk pathogen linked to Alzheimer’s, Pg, is also linked to diabetes, arthritis, dementia and several types of cancer. This information can help you determine treatment options for patients with periodontal disease or those with risk factors.
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