As many of you may have read about in recent issues of Men’s Health magazine, human papillomavirus (HPV) is becoming more and more widespread in the United States, so much so that controversies about vaccinating young girls has become increasingly controversial. HPV, a sexually transmitted disease that is transmitted between partners, is more than a threat to your reproductive health; it is also a causative agent in many oral and throat cancers.
Not only do we want our patients to be aware of this, but we also want to let you know that we are on the cutting-edge of oral and throat cancer screening technologies. If you think you are at risk, we can perform a salivary diagnostic test, which takes approximately one minute. You can expect your results in one week.
To read about HPV and its links to oral and throat cancers, read these two articles from Men’s Health magazine:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Local Dentist Now Using Salivary DNA Tests
to Fight Periodontal Infections and Test for HPV Virus
Kinnelon, New Jersey– Dentists Dr. Robert Logan and Dr. Jessica Logan, whose practice is located at 11 Kiel Avenue in Kinnelon, NJ, are now administering two molecular 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 three salivary diagnostic tests, named MyPerioPath® MyPerioID® PST®,and a test for HPV 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. The MyPerioID PST test detects genetic changes (DNA polymorphisms) that have been associated with increased incidence and/or progression of chronic periodontal disease in some studies. The HPV test tests for 78 strains of the HPV virus, found in certain types of oral and throat cancers. The HPV virus is a sexually transmitted virus.
According to Dr. Jessica Logan, “We are very pleased to be one of the first dental practices in the area to utilize the MyPerioPath, MyPerioID PST, and HPVsalivary 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 with tooth retention, successful periodontal treatment can help patients with diabetes to better control their disease.1,2 About 50% of Americans have gingival bleeding, the more common but less severe form of periodontal disease.3 Prevalence of more severe disease is more difficult to ascertain.
Several research studies have associated gum disease with other chronic inflammatory diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and rheumatoid arthritis.4,5
For more information regarding the MyPerioPath® and MyPerioID® PST® salivary diagnostic tests, or to schedule an appointment, call Integrated Dental Aesthetics at 973-838-4460 or visit www.doctorlogan.com.
About OralDNA Labs Inc. (www.OralDNA.com)
OralDNA Labs Inc., a subsidiary of Quest Diagnostics Incorporated(NYSE: DGX), is a specialty diagnostics company created to advance clinical testing in the dental community. The company’s goal is to help the dental profession achieve better clinical outcomes by providing reliable, definitive, and cost-effective clinical tests that drive the detection and prognosis of disease at an earlier, more treatable stage.
- Swedish (Sweden) Koromantzos PA, Makrilakis K, Dereka X, et al. A randomized, controlled trial on the effect of non-surgical periodontal therapy in patients with type 2 diabetes. Part I: effect on periodontal status and glycaemic control. J Clin Periodontol. 2011;38:142-147.
- Simpson TC, Needleman I, Wild SH, et al. Treatment of periodontal disease for glycaemic control in people with diabetes (Review). Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2010;(5):CD004714.
- Albandar JM, Kingman A. Gingival recession, gingival bleeding, and dental calculus in adults 30 years of age and older in the United States, 1988-1994. J Periodontol. 1999;70:30-43.