Testing for the specific bacteria causing the periodontal disease for the patient in your chair is as easy as 1-2-3. The following is a detailed description of the sample collection: There is some sterile salt water; have your patient gargle and swish for 30 seconds. Have your patient spit into a vial, cap it, and stick the bar code label on the vial. You are now done administering the salivary test. No separate visit is necessary. It can be sent from the office later that day by anyone in the office.
Stepping onto the learning curve of testing, which involves maybe 1 or 2 patients, you will find that the ordering and collection for the test can be done without hassle or mess within a typical office visit. But climbing that curve will give you a different vantage; a view toward the path of disease resolution. So go ahead, take the first step and test.
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