Detect disease and decay risk accurately before problems arise with oral bacteria test in Dothan, AL
Posted By Dr Nathan Pfister
You are more susceptible to gum disease if you are over age 65, stressed-out, smoke or use other tobacco products, take certain medications, or clench and grind your teeth. The American Academy of Periodontology also refers to other risk factors including poor nutrition, the presence of systemic diseases like diabetes, and the role of genetics. Research has indicated that some people are genetically predisposed to gum disease, despite great oral care. Periodontitis is the advanced form of gum disease. Patients who are otherwise healthy may “inherit” a tendency to develop aggressive periodontitis. The composition of oral bacteria is primarily influenced by genes when we’re young. Non-inherited factors like nutrition and hygiene play a bigger role over time.
Regardless of genetic predisposition, all patients can benefit from a sophisticated oral bacteria test in Dothan AL at Biodentist Alabama. It’s almost universally accepted that all forms of gum disease result from microbial infections caused by the presence of specific groups of disease-causing bacteria. Testing that provides an in-depth picture of the bacterial environment in your mouth is a perfect fit with a holistic office like Biodentist Alabama; the more Dr. Nathan Pfister and Dr. Brian Pfister understand your unique bacterial risk factors, the better they can efficiently prevent or treat the two primary causes of tooth loss: decay and gum disease. Treatment may be adjusted based on ongoing monitoring of oral bacteria. Dentists and patients clearly see what treatment is working and what isn’t, based on changes in the type and quantity of bacteria present in the mouth. Treatment early in the decay or disease process, before the conditions have progressed, is generally less invasive. Conservative and non-surgical therapies are a cornerstone of Biodentist Alabama’s approach to care.
The bacteria that call your mouth “home”
The destruction of connective tissue and supportive bone characteristic of gum disease is due to an inflammatory response secondary to an infection caused by periodontal bacteria. Researchers have painstakingly harvested plaque from every tooth’s surface. They estimate that, for every 1 mg of oral biomass, more than 100 million microbes exist! That suggests a stunning 20 billion microbes in the oral cavity. Furthermore, these microbes reproduce every five hours. So, if you don’t brush, 20 billion microbes can skyrocket to 100 billion in 24 hours. The number of bacteria in your mouth is just one aspect of advanced microscopic testing; of the hundreds of species present in subgingival plaque under the gums, only a small number are associated with the progression of gum disease. As disease progresses and the gums begin to pull away from the teeth, pockets form. These periodontal pockets are associated with:
Anaerobic gram-negative rods
Other culprits implicated in oral conditions include:
Porphyromonas gingivalis (association with adult periodontitis)
Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans (linked to development of adult and aggressive periodontitis)
Bacteroides forsythus, Prevotella intermedia, Peptostreptococcus micros, Fusobacterium nucleatum (implicated in progression of adult periodontitis)
Strep mutans, Strep sobrinus, and L. casei (species related to more than 80% of cavities)
The ability to identify infecting agents such as bacteria is the basis of effective treatment. Dr. Nathan Pfister and Dr. Brian Pfister use a Nikon research-grade microscope that renders high-contrast, sharp images for accurate identification of the bacteria present in your mouth, which informs your diagnosis and the interventions recommended to prevent or halt the progression of disease and decay.
Many dentists’ offices in and around Dothan AL may rely on visual examination or slight magnification of your teeth and gums to diagnose conditions. As a precision alternative to conventional methods, Oral DNA testing’s holistic approach also:
Finds hidden pathogens that threaten both oral and system-wide health. Common infectious agents directly cause periodontal disease, and have been linked to an increased risk of systemic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes stroke, and birth-related complications.
Identifies the gene markers that you were born with that predispose you to a critical factor behind the severity of gum disease and conditions such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes: increased inflammation.
Alerts of developing risk before cavities arise that permanently damage your teeth. The oral bacteria that causes the acid responsible for decay can be accurately identified and measured.
Helps to measure the effectiveness of treatment plans built around initial testing and diagnostics (follow-up evaluations).
The best time to detect potential problems is before you even know you have them! Call Biodentist Alabama at (855) 939-5566 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Nathan Pfister or Dr. Brian Pfister in Dothan.
Dr. Pfister's passion for non-invasive biologic dentistry began while practicing dentistry in Hawaii and he learned of the power of ozone in dentistry. From Hawaii, Dr. Pfister moved to his hometown of Upland as the protégé of the world-renowned ozone dentist Dr. Bill Domb...
Dr. Brian Pfister was born and raised in Upland, CA. He attended Brigham Young University-Idaho, graduating with a degree in exercise physiology with a minor in chemistry. From Idaho, Dr. Brian returned to southern California to continue dental training at Western University College of Dental Medicine.