What you need to know about the OligoScan service in Petaluma, CA
OligoScan is a quick, non-invasive test that detects information about a patient’s health. This test is used to detect the presence of mineral imbalances or toxic metals that may become a medical issue. Dr. Jurina Smida and the team at Dental Care and Wellness of Sonoma County in Petaluma, CA take time getting to know their patients and their dental needs. Using an OligoScan service allows the dentist to uncover and treat underlying issues before a more serious condition develops.
What is the OligoScan service and what does it do?
Using the advanced OligoScan, practitioners can easily check patients for trace elements and heavy metals. This innovative test uses spectrophotometry which sends light through the patient’s tissue. This measures the current levels of trace elements, minerals, and heavy metals in the body. The OligoScan produces results quickly. The test is precise, and results are immediate.
Other tests for trace elements and heavy metals include blood tests, urine cultures, or hair samples. These tests are less accurate, may involve going to a laboratory, and require patients to wait for results. OligoScan is non-invasive and is performed quickly and easily in the office.
What you need to know
Unfortunately, mineral imbalances are common today. There is a lack of minerals in the soil, a heavy reliance on processed foods, and a consumption of acid-related foods. Due to the number of toxins present in the air, water, and food, it is impossible to avoid them. The OligoScan detects the patient’s current mineral status. Practitioners are able to accurately determine their mineral and nutritional needs. If the test detects heavy metal toxicity, a treatment plan can be established. The OligoScan can detect health problems such as malfunctioning of the digestive and cardiovascular systems, osteoporosis, and dental and gum disease.
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OligoScan services may be recommended for:
- Patients with amalgam dental fillings
- Individuals who know the mineral deficiencies or toxic metal loads in their bodies
The OligoScan is painless and non-invasive. It can be completed in a few short moments. It is a drug-free scan so there is no risk of it interacting with a patient’s current medications. The scan uses the idea that chemical compounds give off, absorb, or reflect a specific wavelength of light. During the test, the device transmits light through the tissues at four points on the hand. This measures the current levels of metals, minerals, and trace elements found in the skin and blood vessels.
OligoScan versus other laboratory tests
Previously, practitioners may have used a blood test, urinalysis, or hair sample to check for a mineral imbalance or heavy metal toxicity. However, these tests do not compare to the OligoScan. The OligoScan measures intracellularly and produces accurate, real-time results. Blood tests reveal levels of metals that have recently circulated. Metals leave the bloodstream and move to the tissue after a few days. Therefore, blood tests are only accurate in acute situations. Levels of minerals and trace elements stay fairly constant in the blood.
A urinalysis only shows the levels of excreted metals, not what is currently in the body. Excreted metals or toxins are rarely found in a regular urine sample. A challenge test in which the body is provoked may show increased concentrations in the urine. With this test, results show what is present extracellularly. The OligoScan measures intracellularly so the two tests may complement each other.
Hair samples show what was present in the past few months but does not accurately show current levels in the body. If the body does not get rid of toxins properly, low levels of metals or an inaccurate depiction may be present in the hair. There may still be heavy metals in the body.
Patients have to wait up to a couple weeks to get their test results from blood, urine, and hair samples. OligoScan provides results immediately. The patient is the big winner with the use of the OligoScan test. The benefits include:
- Accurate, current results
- Fast, convenient testing
- Completely painless
- Done in the office, not at a lab
- No blood or urine sample required
OligoScan services help improve oral and overall body health. Take a proactive step in protecting your health today. Contact Dental Care and Wellness of Sonoma County to schedule your appointment with Dr. Jurina Smida, call (707) 781-8550.