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Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Lab Test Provides Early Detection and Screening for Oral Cancer and Perio Disease

One of the most prevalent causes of oral cancer is the Human Papilloma Virus. After the ordeal actor Michael Douglas went through in the last year with diagnosis and treatment for oral cancer, awareness is at an all-time high. Because a high percentage of mouth and throat cancers are caused by HPV, early detection and proper care and treatment can be life-saving.

MoreSmiles is now offering a simple lab test conducted using saliva specimens to screen for HPV. The test, OraRisk HPV, can be done during a routine check-up visit. While the cost may not be covered by insurance plans, the peace of mind or value of early detection can be well worth the nominal investment.

Here's a link to a news report about the test:


Lab tests are also available to test for a patient's susceptibility to periodontal disease and also to help determine the specific bacteria that is causing gingivitis, inflammation and gum disease pockets around the teeth. This allows for personalized treatment options to more effectively combat the gingivitis or periodontal disease.

Some patients who should consider the OraRisk HPV lab tests are those who use tobacco or alcohol regularly, those who are sexually active or with family history of oral cancers or suspicious oral lesions.

Patients for whom the MyPerioPath test is appropriate are those with signs and symptoms of gingivitis or periodontal disease, patients with chronic periodontal disease who are not responding to treatment, women of child-bearing age, those with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, a history of cardiovascular disease, patients who use tobacco, and those who will be undergoing surgical procedures or radiation treatments.

posted by MoreSmiles at 2:45 PM


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