As some of you know, I have been having resistant gum problems and periodontal disease for the last few years.
In desperation, I begged one of our labs (the lovely BTS) if they would do a dental test for me to look at what was going on. They did. I am now having targeted antibiotic and essential oil treatment for the infections found there, which can only help.
It makes so much more sense to me to look at exactly what bacteria and other pathogens are at the heart of the problem rather than just chucking broad spectrum antibiotics at people. As well as giving your results, the lab does an antibiotic and essential oil resistance test on anything found to be present. In my case, a couple of the key bacteria showed resistance to the antibiotic I had been given three times already. Explains a few things!
Anyway, as promised, and I know a few of you are waiting, I have launched it into the UK so that all of you can get it now too. Another first for Purehealth, I thank you :). It is done as a standard test by German dentists but not much here in the UK, which I find very odd.
Here’s the blurb anyway for you.
This tests levels of the main bacteria and fungi involved in resistant mouth, gum, periodontal and dental problems. Includes treatment recommendations, both antibiotic and natural, for the specific infections found.
The test is particularly useful if you have a resistant oral infection such as periodontal disease or gingivitis. It means instead of being given broad spectrum antibiotics that your specific infection may be resistant to, your dentist will be able to give much more targeted support using the lab’s recommendations. They should be able to see which would be the most effective antibiotic. If you prefer a natural approach, the lab includes a resistance assessment of essential oils and you can then get a specific mix made up for a mouth wash or gum rub to match that.
The classic 11 paradontogenic bacteria will be detected with the help of a polymerase-chain-reaction (PCR) test. The test is based on a positive finding of specific DNA sequences of the following bacteria: Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans, Porphyromonas gingivalis, Prevotella intermedia, Tannerella forsythia, Treponema denticola, Fusobacterium spp., Campylobacter spp., Eikenella corrodens, Capnocytophaga spp., Eubacterium nodatum, Peptostreptococcus micros.
Possible pathogens which might occur temporarily and only under certain circumstances, but they can cause or maintain an infection. These pathogens include Pseudomonas / Nonfermenter, Enterobacteriaceae, such as E. coli or Klebsiella spp., or yeasts, such as Candida albicans.
A resistance test for anything found.
The samples are taken using paper tips either by yourself or the dentist. To read more and purchase one if you need to, go here.
Whilst I’m at it, I want to say a big thank you to BTS for helping me to sort it out. They are going to organise the tests and translate the results for us.