Your mouth is filled with bacteria, fungi, and viruses - collectively called the oral microbiome! Some of these microbes are beneficial and can contribute to good oral health. Others are pathogenic and cause damage, leading to painful & visible symptoms of disease.
The balance of helpful & harmful microbes in your oral microbiome provides insight into your oral health!
Your oral microbiome is associated with everything from recurrent oral infections to conditions including diabetes, heart disease & gut inflammation.
Your mouth is the gateway & mirror to your health.
Specific bacteria in your mouth drive gum inflammation and conditions including periodontal disease & gingivitis. Understanding which bacteria you have is the first step in treating it.
The type & abundance of bacteria related to gum inflammation drive your symptoms and risk for more severe oral health conditions. Tracking where you are can indicate if your oral health is improving and provide early warnings when things start to slip.
Certain factors like our diet & hygiene can create an environment in our mouth that harmful bacteria thrive in. By improving your oral health, you can eliminate these harmful bacteria while promoting the beneficial ones.
Most oral bacteria tests today only detect a handful of species. By using the latest technology, called shotgun metagenomics, we can detect every species of oral bacteria - giving you a more comprehensive view of the levels of good AND bad bacteria in your saliva.