Cavities have genetic markers.
Like many people, your fear of the dentist often has nothing to do with any discomfort. It’s the fear of needing treatment! Does it feel to you like a predetermined outcome that you go to the dentist and invariably something needs to be treated. Often a filling, but sometimes something more major? Does it seem like you can never get ahead in your oral health? And haven’t we all noticed that some people never seem to need any treatment regardless of how much or how little they brush, and some can never seem to break the cycle of tooth decay?
Well now there is a scientific breakthrough that can greatly assist both you and your dentist to get ahead of the curve. DentalGene ID of New Jersey has located the specific gene(s) that is linked to a person’s predilection for tooth decay. Simply put, we can now know if any individual is prone to tooth decay with uncanny accuracy by simply performing a small test with their saliva! Armed with that knowledge, your dentist can fine-tune your treatment to cater to your specific genetic predisposition. For example, let’s say you have a very high risk of dental caries (tooth decay). Your dentist can provide more frequent and more thorough cleanings as well as other prophylactic measures to make sure decay doesn’t get a chance to take hold. And if you’re on the other end of the spectrum, he/she can comfortably advise you to “watch” those small pits that mimic decay knowing the chances of them becoming true decay are slim to none.
As to cost, the test itself is not terribly expensive thanks to Gene Site’s technological wizardry that can sequence your genomic pattern with merely a saliva sample. With an eye towards the practical applications of these breakthrough technologies, the company has endeavored to control costs so as to make its test affordable and as routine as your regular dental care. No one can see the future, but a glimpse into its probabilities can save you much pain, time and expense. As with so many medical issues, prevention is the ideal cure.