Collection kits will be shipped directly to patients, dental professionals, and others in response to increased evidence of harmful oral-systemic connections.
Teledentistry network Dentulu is teaming up with OralDNA® Labs to expand salivary testing technology to millions of at-risk patients across the United States.
Using Dentulu’s Teledentistry platform and nationwide network of Teledentists, Dentulu is aiming to provide patients with greater access to life saving salivary diagnostics with the convenience of at-home ordering and self-collection. This program combines Dentulu’s dental network and comprehensive Teledentistry software with OralDNA Lab’s popular risk assessment tests. Dentulu is a 2-time Cellerant “Best of Class Teledentistry Technology” winner and a leading teledentistry network.
Collection kits will be shipped directly to patients, dental professionals, and others interested in the oral-systemic connection and returned for testing in OralDNA Lab’s CLIA-certified and CAP-accredited facility. OralDNA is a global leader in salivary diagnostics and is an integrated diagnostics and digital health company focusing on infectious agents and human genetics.
Growing consensus in both scientific research and academia has established the oral systemic connection and the importance of the oral biome to general health. Salivary testing has played a critical role in identifying harmful bacteria linked to chronic conditions such as Dementia/Alzheimer’s, cancer, heart attack, stroke, and other serious diseases. Imbalances in dangerous pathogens are known to cause inflammation, first in the oral cavity and subsequently throughout the entire body, usually undetected for decades without proper testing and treatment.
Patients undergoing joint replacement, heart transplants, suffering from diabetes and those with certain cancers are especially at risk with chronic imbalances of certain pathogens that affect the inflammatory cascades systemically.
“Both Dentulu and OralDNA recognize the tremendous opportunity to help improve the oral health and quality of life of patients through salivary testing and we are eager to expand access to millions of patients from the comfort of their own homes,” explains Arash Hakhamian, DDS, co-founder and CEO of Dentulu, in a press release. “We are proud to be working with OralDNA Labs and dentists across the nation to help not only identify dangerous pathogens but also provide innovative treatment recommendations to help address
Local dental and medical professionals are joining the mission to save lives and adopt a preventative approach of early identification and treatment helping bridge the medical and dental gaps, Dr Hakhamian adds.
Dentulu has established innovative marketing channels with companies like Walgreens and LG televisions to provide new ways for patients to experience Teledentistry and access to dental services. Patients can access Dentulu Teledentists on their mobile phones, tablets, computers, and even smart televisions where they will be able to request a salivary test which will be ordered by a dentist or physician and sent directly to their home. Licensed Dentists and care coordinators are available to review the results of the Oral Health Test with patients who are also encouraged to share their test results with their regular dentists and physicians. Teledentistry has the potential to provide tremendous savings to the health care system by shifting to a preventative approach in combating oral and systemic health problems with increasing evidence of a Mouth-Body connection, according to Dentulu.
“We are excited to be working with Dentulu on expanding access to care with this innovative and comprehensive model”, says George Hoedeman, CEO of OralDNA Labs. “Early testing and monitoring of oral microbiome and genetic risk factors will improve health by personalizing dental and medical services, use of oral care products, and lifestyle choices.”