Genetic examination of the risk of periodontitis.

Many people believe that the diseases of the oral cavity (mouth) called periodontitis cannot be related at all..

Analysis methods Availability Number of genes Test code Retail Price
PCR 3 – 4 weeks GHC 025 £ TBA

Detailed information

Many people believe that the diseases of the oral cavity (mouth) called periodontitis cannot be related at all. The opposite is true. This disease, which fatally affects the teeth and has negative consequences for the overall health of the individual, affects more than a third of the population in different forms.

Known manifestations of the most advanced stage of the disease, such as warts and tooth decay, often occur only when the consequences are irreversible. Periodontitis can be completely hidden until then and it cannot be noticed for a long time. The DentalGen® examines the presence of strains of bacteria causing periodontitis, contributing to its detection in the early stages of the disease.

The causes of Periodontitis disease are mostly believed to be in the lack of dental hygiene and irregular visits with a dentist. However, its part also carries an aspect of inheritance. In the early stages, the disease can be smelled by the mouth, in the second phase by gum inflammation, which is sometimes accompanied, for example, by their bleeding or redness. Since many bacteria are released in the body during periodontitis, it can also cause other serious diseases. Patients are at risk of secondary infection, or stroke. In addition, the risk of miscarriage and premature birth increases in women.

Analyzed Predisposition in our DentalGen® test:

  • Cardiovascular disease/infarction
  • Secondary infections
  • Stroke

Who is the test suitable for?

The examination is appropriate especially after the age of 15, and especially in the presence of periodontal disease in parents or older siblings. Examination is also recommended in case of surgical or antibiotic treatment of existing periodontitis, in patients prior to implantation or tooth extraction, in patients before tissue or organ transplantation, and in patients with cardiovascular disease to exclude local infection in the mouth.

What can this test reveal?

DentalGen® examines the presence of strains of bacteria that cause disease with periodontitis, which can lead to tooth loss or the development of chronic inflammation of the oral cavity. These significantly increase the risk of secondary infection of the body, heart attack or stroke.

The complete analysis of the results will be provided in a comprehensive report within 20 business days of sampling the DNA.

How does the test work?

Genetic examination is performed from your DNA, which can be obtained by swabbing from the oral cavity (buccal wiping of the inside of your mouth cheek - DNA isolation from oral mucosal cells). You can take the sample yourself in the comfort of your home and send it to our lab, or have your collection taken by your GP.

How is the test done?

You can order the test from attending your Doctor/GP, private clinic or online at ghcgenetics. Once you have signed the informed consent form, either a swab of your mouth will be taken or a blood sample will be collected. Once the genetic analysis is finished, you or your Doctor/GP will receive a report with the results and based on these he/she will recommend suitable preventive measures.