Northwest Arkansas Family Dental
Fayetteville, AR Dentist

Why You Should Consider an Oral Bacteria Test

May 17, 2022
Posted By: Northwest Arkansas Family Dental

There may be several reasons for oral health changes, including infections, oral cancers, injuries, untreated cavities, and gum disease. In addition, specific types of oral bacteria in the mouth may also be a culprit and contribute to severe complications like periodontal disease and infections.

Your Fayetteville, AR dentist uses OralDNA Labs® to thoroughly analyze oral bacteria, which allows us to eradicate and potentially stave off problems linked to specific bacterial strains.

How Mouth Bacteria Works

According to the National Institutes of Health, "Mouth microbes work together to protect themselves with a slimy, sticky material called a matrix. The matrix in plaque makes it harder to remove it. The communities within the matrix include both helpful and disease-causing microbes. The good microbes help keep the growth of bad microbes in check." However, the "bad bacteria" in abundance can lead to a host of oral health complications.

When your dentist can diagnose and eradicate specific strains of bacteria, it prevents certain diseases from forming, including periodontal disease.

About Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is a severe series of infections that invade your gums, soft tissues, and tooth-supporting bones. Without treatment, it leads to tooth loss but has also been linked to more severe complications:

  • Low birth weight in babies
  • Premature labor
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Heart and lung problems

Symptoms of periodontal disease include:

  • Bad breath or a metallic taste in the mouth
  • Loose teeth or teeth that feel mobile
  • Red, receding, bleeding, and pocketing gums

When you consider the severe ramifications of gum disease, it only makes sense to add oral bacteria testing to a diagnostic arsenal. If we can prevent the onset of illness, we can save you from systemic complications.

How Oral Bacteria Testing in Fayetteville, AR Works

OralDNA Labs gives our dentist reliable results, and considering the cost of gum disease treatment, which is ongoing, bacteria testing is cost-effective long term. When you consider the health risks and financial burdens associated with gum disease, even more so!  

At Northwest Arkansas Family Dental, we collect saliva and plaque from your mouth and forward it to OralDNA Labs. Based on your results, your dentist sets up a treatment plan to address oral health issues linked to your specific strain of bacteria. You'll have a clear result in many cases, which gives you and your dentist peace of mind.

Lowering Your Risks for Unhealthy Oral Bacteria

Excellent oral hygiene is the first step. Regular brushing and flossing help cleanse the oral cavity of unhealthy bacterial strains. This means brushing and flossing twice daily at a minimum. But for best results, clean your teeth after every meal and always before bed.

When you brush and floss, it's essential to spend time hitting every tooth and clearing every surface. It would be best to use a clean length of dental floss for every pass between your teeth.

The next preventive step is visiting your dentist regularly for thorough dental checkups. We provide a visual exam at these visits, compare changes since your last visit, give you an oral cancer screening, and run periodic x-rays. Afterward, your dentist talks to you about any changes or findings. We also layout treatment options if we find an issue.

After your checkup and during the same office visit, we provide professional teeth cleaning. This cleaning removes lingering bacteria and tenacious plaque that hides in hard-to-reach places—between teeth and in various nooks.

We can usually swab your saliva for an oral bacteria test at this same appointment—your preventive checkup and teeth cleaning in Fayetteville.

Finally, if you discover oral health changes between dental visits, never hesitate to give us a call.

Contact Your Fayetteville, AR Dentist Today

Remember, forewarned is forearmed when it comes to your oral health and body wellness.

Reach out to our dental team to arrange your next visit or to learn more about the specialized services we offer and oral bacteria testing near me. Also, talk to a staff member about our exclusive NWA Family Dental Savings Plan and financing through CareCredit!

We proudly serve patients from all over, including Fayetteville, Springdale, Johnson, Rogers, Cave Springs, and your neighborhood.

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