Dr. Misty Brown Now Providing Saliva DNA tests to Help Fight Gum Disease and Detect Risks of Oral Cancer

Top Quote Recipient of many prestigious national and international awards in the dental profession, Dr. Misty Brown ( of Keller, Texas continues to set the pace for exceptional and thorough patient care. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) June 05, 2011 - Dr. Misty Brown is now using one of the most significant advances in dental medicine, a simple DNA test using saliva, to determine the specific type and quantity of disease-causing bacteria in her patients' mouths. According to the American Dental Association, an estimated 75% of all Americans over the age of 35 have some sort of periodontal disease and research conducted over the past 10 years has provided insight into the Perio/Systemic Connection and the link between chronic gum infections and heart disease, diabets, stroke, and some forms of cancer. The detection and monitoring of these disease-causing bacteria is critical to treatment success.

    These exciting new tests are for anyone with or without symptoms of gingivitis or periodontal disease. Symptoms may include bleeding gums, bad breath, red or inflamed gums, or loss of bone arund your teeth. Other indications for this test are pretreatment clearance for extensive dental procedures and, in some cases, surgical clearance (such as heart surgery or joint replacements). Both tests are performed by swishing a small amount of sterile saline throat the mouth for 30 seconds. The saliva sample is then sent to OralDNA Labs,Inc. ( for processing.

    The MyPerioPath lab report identifies harmful bacteria associated with gum infections and helps Dr. Brown develop a more effective treatment plan. Through this state-of-the-art technology, Dr. Brown is able to treat the source of the infection and not just the symptoms. The goal of therapy then becomes to reduce the overall bacterial risk for disease progression. As with most diseases, earlier and more targeted treatment can help stop periodontal disease before irreversible disease occurs.

    In addition to this bacterial DNA test, Dr. Brown also offers a genetic susceptibility test called MyPerioID PST that will reveal genetic makeups making patients at greater risk for oral cancer and certain mouth infections. This test provides insight to an individual's immune system, further enabling Dr. Brown to optimize therapy.

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