What To Know Before You Use A DNA Test Kit – Get The Most Accurate Results
If you’re buying a DNA test kit from UFORIA to learn more about your unique nutritional profile, or you’re taking a DNA test for any other reason like for DNA repair, there are a few things you should know about before you take your cheek swab and send it in for testing.
If you take an improper sample, your genetic information could be incorrect, leading to improper results. So, what should you know before you take a DNA test kit?
Here are a few tips and things you need to know in order to get the best, most accurate results.
Brush Your Teeth And Floss 30 Minutes Before Using The DNA Test Kit
Brushing and flossing is the best way to remove bacteria from your mouth.
If you haven’t brushed recently, your mouth will be teeming with bacteria, as well as food debris and other contaminants which could affect the results of your test, and make the DNA test unreadable.
In order to ensure that you eliminate as many of these pathogens and contaminants as possible, you should make sure that you brush and floss 30 minutes before you plan to take your test.
This allows you to eliminate anything that may contaminate your DNA test kit.
And by waiting for 30 minutes after brushing and flossing, you can make sure that there isn’t any toothpaste remaining in your mouth, and that your saliva balance is proper, ensuring that your readings will be accurate and correct.
Avoid Eating, Drinking, Smoking, And Chewing Before The Test
Naturally, you should avoid doing things like eating, smoking, and chewing gum or tobacco for at least 30 minutes after your brush your teeth, and before you provide your saliva sample.
You shouldn’t even drink water, as a matter of fact.
If you drink a lot of water right before you provide your sample, your saliva will be mostly rinsed out of your mouth, which may mean the reading could be inaccurate, or lack enough data to sequence your DNA for DNA repair, nutrition recommendations or whatever the reason is your taking your DNA test.
After you brush your teeth, avoid contaminating your mouth with anything else for at least 30 minutes.
Your patience will pay off – we promise!
Encourage More Saliva Production For The Best Results
While some test kits like Uforia use swabs, some other testing kits may require you to spit into a tube, and this may require quite a bit of saliva.
Whether you’re taking a tube-based or swab-based test, you may need to encourage a bit more saliva production for the best possible results.
To do this, we recommend that you gently rub your cheeks and press them against your teeth and gums.
Pull in your cheeks while you do this, and you’ll be able to maximize saliva production.
If that doesn’t work for you, another option is to put a small amount of table sugar on the tip of your tongue.
This will encourage the production of saliva – just ensure that you remove the sugar before you swab your mouth or spit into the testing tube!
If your testing kit has come with a pre-paid envelope, make sure you use it, and package the swabs properly to ensure they are kept safe during transit.
If the swab container or bag becomes exposed to the air, the DNA could become contaminated, leading to quality issues and a faulty reading.
Take every necessary precaution to avoid damage to your testing kit.
Follow These Tips – And Maximize The Accuracy Of Your DNA Test!
By avoiding oral contaminants, ensuring maximum saliva production, and packaging your DNA test kit properly, you can make sure that you always get an accurate reading when taking a DNA test.
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