Saliva/DNA Test (MyPerioPath® and MyPerioID® PST®)

MyPerioPath® and MyPerioID® PST® tests.

The MyPerioPath test can give oral health professionals supplemental information about a patient’s gum disease. It provides semi-quantitative levels of 11 gum pathogens. Identification of these pathogens can help guide development of a patient-specific treatment plan and help establish the therapy endpoint. Although the test can be used for any patient who has a gum infection, it may be especially useful in patients with either refractory chronic gum disease or aggressive gum disease.

The MyPerioID PST test detects genetic variations that have been associated with chronic, but not aggressive (previously called early-onset), gum disease. The scientific community has yet to reach consensus regarding the clinical use of this genotypic information.

Molecular testing has already dramatically improved diagnosis in the medical arena. Now, oral health professionals and their patients can also benefit from this technology.

Are you at risk?

Everyone has bacteria in their mouth, but not everyone gets periodontal disease. The following things increase the chances of getting it:

  • High amounts of disease-causing bacteria
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Smoking tobacco
  • Stress (teeth grinding or clenching)
  • Poor diet
  • Other medical conditions
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoporosis/osteopenia
  • Certain medications
  • Genetic (DNA) makeup