Oral Microbiological Testing



Periodontal disease is a common condition that may lead to tooth loss and can compromise your systemic health.  At Heritage Dental Hygiene we offer a saliva test to find out which bacteria, yeasts, and fungi are contributing to your periodontal disease.  A saliva sample of your teeth, tongue, and five deepest gum pockets are collected from your mouth by your dental hygienist.  Your sample is sent to and processed by a specialized laboratory.  The lab analyzes your samples and sends a detailed report to your dental hygienist that identifies the type and amount of pathogens found in your mouth.  Your dental hygienist reviews your results with you, and collaboratively you make decisions on the best course of action to treat your periodontal disease.