As is proper, competition has now entered the field with a type of culturing that involves just having the patient swish and spit into a vile. The company, OralDNA offers the MyPerioPath test. A report is subsequently generated which gives you a very helpful and informative breakdown of the pathogenic bacteria that are in the saliva. When I’ve compared this with paper points in the same patient, they’ve been identical. This may be a more acceptable and certainly easier way to evaluate your patient’s pathology that accompanies their periodontal disease.
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