This [oral DNA screening] test helps the patients really understand what is going on in their mouths so they can see what bacteria are affecting them and causing their disease.
Coconut Creek, FL (PRWEB) December 27, 2012
Coconut Creek general dentist, Dr. Bruce Knecht has recently begun offering an oral test that screens saliva and identifies harmful bacteria in the mouth. The test is aimed to help those struggling with gum or periodontal disease. The simple test identifies the bacteria causing pain and within weeks, patients receive antibiotics that are tailored to fight specific infections.
“This test helps the patients really understand what is going on in their mouths so they can see what bacteria are affecting them and causing their disease,” says Dr. Knecht.
Many studies show that gum disease is related to other health concerns such as heart and liver disease so diagnosing and treating periodontal diseases can lead to a healthier overall body. The oral test offered at the dental office of Bruce G. Knecht, DMD, is an easy and affordable way to fend off bad bacteria that can ultimately wreak havoc on the entire body.
Dr. Knecht states, “Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums. All infections can spread throughout the body. Our response to the infection weakens our bodies to other infections and can lower our resistence.”
In order to offer this oral test, the team at Dr. Knecht’s Coconut Creek dental office was specially trained on how to collect and handle the saliva sample. Once collected, it is sent to a specialized lab. Within two weeks, Dr. Knecht typically receives the results and then can determine if a few deep cleanings will kill off the bacteria or if a special concoction of antibiotics is needed.
Dr. Knecht is eager to offer this oral bacterial screening test because of the positive impact it has made in his patients’ lives.
“It’s a whole body kind of treatment,” Dr. Knecht says, “It helps people avoid having to go through gum surgery.”
Along with offering the saliva DNA test, Dr. Knecht practices cosmetic dentistry and specializes in providing his patients in Coconut Creek, dental implants.
More about Dr. Bruce Knecht:
Dr. Knecht graduated from the Fairleigh Dickinson Jr. University Dental School in 1986. From 1986-1989, he served in the US Navy in 29 Palms, CA were he continued to practice dentistry. From 1989-1993 he worked at private dental practices in Spring Lake, N.J. and North Palm Beach, FL. In 1993 he started his private practice in Coconut Beach where he works today. Dr. Knecht is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantologists, a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentists and a Fellow of the International College of Dentists. He teaches the placement of dental implants to specialists and other general dentists at the Atlantic Coast Dental Research Clinic. He has a passion for placing and restoring dental implants and is one of the few Coconut Creek Invisalign providers. He enjoys people helping them become healthier versions of themselves.