One of the hallmarks of Dr. Heinrich-Null’s practice is preventive medicine, so the advent of Oral DNA® testing is a natural fit for a practice that’s built on being proactive towards patient relationships. Your mouth can reveal a great deal about your current and even your future state of health — it’s all in your gums and saliva, and there’s a clear link between chronic infections of your gums and major issues like heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and even some forms of cancer. Talk to Dr. Heinrich-Null and her team about this advanced form of salivary testing that’s an insightful new lifesaving technology. You can find Dr. Lisa Heinrich-Null, D.D.S., conveniently located in Victoria, Texas.
It’s a simple non-invasive test that couldn’t be easier for the patient — you’re given a saline rinse that you spit out into a container. The entire process takes roughly 30 seconds. Dr. Heinrich-Null and her team have the saliva in that container tested for pathogens that suggest underlying health issues such as periodontal disease or oral cancer. These tests reveal the severity of any condition and even the presence of gene markers that can put you at risk of developing certain illnesses.
More than 50% of Americans have periodontal disease, but it tends to be under-diagnosed because visual examination simply isn’t reliable. As a result, too many people suffering from periodontal disease don’t know about their condition until it’s progressed and is far more difficult to treat.
With Oral DNA testing, Dr. Heinrich-Null and her team gain insights that were previously unknowable. They can see hidden pathogens earlier on, remain vigilant, or form effective treatment plans where they’re needed.
An Oral DNA test can reveal an HPV infection, which puts you at greater risk of getting HPV-related oral cancer. Just knowing you’re at risk tells Dr. Heinrich-Null that a quick check of your lymph nodes during your examinations is in order. Early detection saves lives, so it pays to be proactive with your health.
Oral DNA tests are generally not covered by insurance, so it’s important for patients to understand the capabilities of these tests, as well as the limitations. Dr. Heinrich-Null and her team would be happy to discuss whether or not these tests are right for you. Call or make your appointment online today.