Our mouths are home to trillions of bacteria, known as our oral microbiome
Most of the bacteria are good, helping us fight disease, digest food, and keep our mouths clean. Some of the bacteria are harmful, with decades of research showing they cause oral diseases like cavities and gum disease by releasing acid and other harmful byproducts.
We use genomics to measure the good and harmful bacteria in your saliva
By looking at the DNA of the bacteria, we can tell which species are present and in what quantity. If you have higher levels of harmful bacteria you are at a higher risk for diseases like cavities and gum disease.