Oral Bacteria Testing in the Chicago Loop
High-tech biofilm analysis helps you make smart CHOICES for your health
Discover what your bacterial biofilm may reveal about your health
For years, when someone had signs of gum disease, dentists would say, “floss more!” Today, we can offer salivary testing to learn which of the 11 known bacterial pathogens are causing your gum disease. Then we can work to rebalance them to optimal health. There’s so much more to gum health than just flossing!
Cavities, too! Traditionally, dentists tell you to eat less sugar and brush more often. Now we can look at your specific bacterial profile and learn which bacteria you have that is causing you to get more cavities. Salivary genetic testing will tell us if you have a marker for a heightened inflammatory response that makes you more susceptible to not only gum disease, but other inflammatory diseases as well.
New research is finding that HPV, Human Papillary Virus, is implicated in most oral cancers. So now we test for the presence of this virus, too. Simple tests for oral herpes and candida help in the accurate diagnosis of soft tissue lesions.
Trying to maximize your oral and systemic health without understanding your body’s oral biofilm is like fumbling for a light switch in the dark. Fortunately, at Choices in Dentistry, we offer the latest in high-tech oral bacteria testing.
Oral bacteria testing is the newest tool for preventing and treating gum disease and maximizing systemic health. This is the future of health awareness — and it’s happening right now at Choices in Dentistry. Call (312) 368-8771 to schedule an appointment.
What can we learn from bacterial analysis?
OralDNA testing is simple, non-invasive, and easy. A local lab analyzes the bacteria in your saliva and creates an in-depth report that can provide fascinating and actionable insights into your health. Your report may show the presence of:
These same tests will find the bacteria that live in your mouth that may increase your risk of cardiovascular/heart disease, diabetes, premature births, dementia/Alzhiemers, obesity, musculoskeletal problems, and more.
Salivary testing can even be used to diagnose SARS-CoV-2.
Discover the secrets of your oral microbiome with Bristle Health
When it comes to oral health, we all know the basics of brushing and flossing. But did you know that there’s a complex ecosystem of over 100 bacteria and fungi species living in your mouth? Some of these are good guys that help keep your mouth healthy, while others can cause problems like bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease.
That’s where Bristle comes in. At Choices in Dentistry, we use this cutting-edge test to analyze your complete oral microbiome and help you understand what’s going on inside your mouth. By examining the identity and relative abundance of different bacteria in your saliva, Bristle can identify the root causes of oral symptoms and even reveal potential connections to chronic health conditions.
But Bristle doesn’t just tell you what’s going on — it also provides scientifically-backed suggestions for products, diet, and lifestyle adjustments that are tailored to your unique oral microbiome.
Do you want to take control of your oral health and make informed decisions about how to care for your mouth? Come visit us at Choices in Dentistry and let us help you take your oral health to the next level!
About Choices in Dentistry
It’s more than a name — it’s a philosophy and our unique approach to dentistry. When you visit our practice, it’s exactly what you’ll find: choices.
You’ll get the information you need to make the best possible decision for your smile and health. We’ll explain every option and answer any questions you have. Our unique approach to dentistry emphasizes…
- Personalized care
- High-tech and high-quality treatments
- Friendly and gentle dentists and staff
- Eco-friendly office
- Easy to understand billing and insurance options
Our integrative approach to bacterial analysis
Think of bacterial analysis as a tool that can be used to provide more information and to improve our decision-making process. By analyzing your biofilm, you and your dentist can confidently develop a treatment plan and work to optimize your health.
We work with OralDNA Labs, a trusted and experienced partner known for their high-tech and accurate analysis of salivary bacteria. Their testing protocols are backed by research and proven to be accurate and effective.
Very friendly staff and great experience overall!
– Douglas S.