Dr. Timothy S. Davis is Now Using Salivary DNA Tests to Help Fight Periodontal Infections

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Dr. Timothy Davis now offers MyPerioPath® and MyPerioID® salivary diagnostic tests to identify if patients have a higher genetic risk of periodontal disease.

Dr. Timothy Davis Offers OralDNA Tests for Periodontal Disease in Naples, FL

We are very pleased to be the first periodontal practice in the Naples area to utilize the MyPerioPath® and MyPerioPathID® salivary diagnostic tests, enhancing our ability to provide the best possible care.

Dr. Timothy Davis is now administering two diagnostic tests that provide supplemental information about a patient’s periodontal disease. This information can be used to develop patient-specific treatment plans for periodontal disease therapy and to help establish the therapy endpoint.

The two salivary diagnostic tests, named MyPerioPath® and MyPerioID® are offered by OralDNA® Labs, Inc., a subsidiary of Quest Diagnostics.

Specifically, the MyPerioPath® test provides semi-quantitative levels of 11 different species of bacteria known to trigger periodontal disease. In addition to identifying the bacterial pathogens, the test provides a bacterial-related risk of disease progression and suggestions for suitable antibiotic therapy. MyPerioPathID® PST® test detects genetic changes (DNA polymorphisms) that have been associated with increased incidence and/or progression of chronic periodontal disease in some studies.

According to Dr. Davis, “We are very pleased to be the first periodontal practice in the Naples area to utilize the MyPerioPath® and MyPerioPathID® salivary diagnostic tests, enhancing our ability to provide the best possible care.”

Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the gum tissue and other structures supporting the teeth. If left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss. Besides helping to retain the teeth, successful periodontal treatment can help patients with diabetes and other systemic diseases to better control their disease. Roughly, 50% of Americans have gingival bleeding, the more common but less severe form of periodontal disease. Prevalence of more severe disease is more difficult to ascertain.

Several research studies have associated periodontal (gum) disease with other chronic inflammatory diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and rheumatoid arthritis. When we can identify the oral-systemic link, in addition to identifying risk factors for our patients, we can help our patients achieve better treatment outcomes and improved overall health.

For more information regarding the MyPerioPath® and MyPerioID® salivary diagnostic tests or to schedule an appointment, call Dr. Timothy Davis’ office at 239-649-7766 or visit our website at http://www.naplesperiodontist.com

About The Doctor

Dr. Timothy S. Davis is a periodontist that has been offering personalized periodontal care for patients in Naples, Florida for over 25 years. Dr. Davis received his dental degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Dentistry. He completed his General Practice Residency at Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver, Colorado and his specialty training in Periodontics was completed at Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans. Dr. Davis was the first periodontist to offer the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique in the Naples area and he belongs to the one percent of dental professionals currently providing the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®), the first FDA-cleared laser procedure for gum disease and periodontal treatment. To learn more about Dr. Timothy Davis and the periodontal services he provides, visit his website at http://www.naplesperiodontist.com/ or call (239) 649-7766.

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