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Are you predisposed to periodontal issues? Does it matter if you are? Learn how oral DNA testing by our Smile for Life Dental professionals can save you some literal heartache!

It’s estimated that as many as 90% of the American population suffer some form of periodontal disease or oral infection, though the majority are unaware of the signs. Of minimal concern to some are their “puffy gums” or the “little bit of bleeding when I brush”; but really these are indications of a greater issue festering beneath the surface.

Your oral health is directly linked to your overall health and vice versa. When you have an ongoing infection in your mouth, medical science indicates you run an increased risk of incurring complications with heart disease, diabetes, pre-term births and many other serious health conditions. So addressing oral health issues as soon as possible works towards sparing you future distress with other health problems.

On the other hand, if you are predisposed to certain health conditions (such as diabetes), this can negatively affect the health of your teeth and gums. In the past, it had been noted that certain individuals seemed very susceptible to recurring periodontal disease. Once these particular persons contracted it, their oral health deteriorated rapidly, more so than with others harboring this oral disease. Why did periodontal disease affect them so aggressively compared to others? Genetic makeup played a significant role.

Does your genetic makeup leave you more susceptible to serious periodontal-related issues? Oral DNA testing can answer that important question for you. In a matter of minutes, a painless DNA sample can be taken and sent for analysis.

The laboratory results will help pinpoint the actual cause of any periodontal infections and tell you if you are genetically predisposed, which would require the establishing of a more comprehensive treatment plan. Avail yourself of this medical breakthrough in oral DNA testing during your next appointment at Smile for Life Dental!

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