At McMillen Dental, Dr. Rhonda Steigerwald and her staff practice oral medicine while focusing on overall patient wellness by understanding the association between oral health and systemic health.  Dental and medical practitioners are finding ever increasing opportunities to reframe treatment protocols by utilizing a cross-referral approach to patient care.

McMillen Dental staff members are committed to making more informed and objective diagnoses for patients suffering with periodontal disease.  We are pleased to announce the partnership between McMillen Dental and ORALDNA® Labs providing our patients with another array of diagnostic tools.  Our patients will now have access to multiple forms of salivary diagnostic (DNA) tests - MyPerioPath®  - Early Warning and Detection Tools for Periodontal Disease.

Why Test with OralDNA®/ MyPerioPath®?

    • Find hidden oral pathogens that threaten your oral and systemic health. Common pathogens directly cause gum disease and may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke and birth complications -- see consequences page here 

    • Learn if you were born with gene markers associated with increased inflammation, a critical factor in the severity of periodontal disease, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

    • Help your dentist select the most effective treatment if you already have periodontal disease, and then measure results with a follow-up test--Personalized Care/Treatment.

    • Learn if you have HPV high-risk types associated with oral cancer.

These non-invasive DNA tests take less than five minutes to complete.  Results are usually available within two weeks.  Once results are back from the lab, patients will meet with the Doctor and/ or Hygienist to see their results, discuss their results and to formulate a pro-active plan of action should one be deemed necessary.  See sample test report here:

Patients requesting a second MyPerioPath® test after therapy or annually will receive a complimentary MyPerioProgress® report outlining bacterial changes! This valuable tool allows you to measure success and track progress for a more personalized therapy.  See sample progress report here:

Doctor Rhonda’s Team performs MyPerioPath® oral health assessments for patients because of the important correlation between oral and whole-body health.  Information from these tests allows our practitioners to treat patients more effectively.  Results provide valuable data regarding the types and concentration of the bacteria, a patient-specific risk of bacteria-related disease progression report, as well as suggested therapies.  Ultimately, our goals include having a positive influence on our patients’ total body health.

For more information call the McMillen Dental Team at 740-344-1171 or feel free to visit the ORAL DNA website