We have the ability to easily test for the presence of bacterial pathogens that cause gum disease through a simple saliva test called MyPerioPath. The patient rinses for 30 seconds with a small amount of saline solution, and spits into a cup. We send the sample to Minnesota, and we receive the results by email. The analysis reports the presence and concentration of eleven different bacterial species. What's in your mouth? Let's do the test and have a look.
We can also test whether or not you have a genetic susceptibility to periodontal disease. We can also for human papilloma virus (HPV). There are several other tests that can be done, singly or in combination, all by swishing for 30 seconds with saline.