Our Toothbrush DNA Test offers an alternative method of collecting a DNA sample, for the purposes of performing a DNA relationship test.
$49.00 for DNA extraction, plus the price of your chosen test
Simply send us a toothbrush for testing
Discreet method of sample collection
Secure, confidential results emailed in 5 business days
Up to 45 markers analyzed for accurate results
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Please note: The cost to try and extract a DNA profile from a toothbrush is $49.00. If a DNA profile can be extracted, we will then proceed with your chosen DNA relationship test. Please choose the DNA relationship test you need using the order form on this page. If a DNA profile cannot be extracted from the toothbrush, we will refund the cost of your chosen DNA relationship test. However, we cannot refund the cost of the lab work already undertaken to try and extract a DNA profile from the toothbrush.
Please read the FAQs below before you order your test.
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Due to New York State Department of Health regulations, we cannot offer any peace of mind paternity or relationship tests to New York residents.
For just $49 plus the cost of your chosen DNA relationship test, a toothbrush DNA test offers a discreet, alternative method of DNA sample collection where retrieving a cheek swab sample from all test participants might not be possible, with results in just 5 business days.
A toothbrush DNA test is a type of viability study, which involves extracting a DNA profile from a toothbrush for the purpose of performing a DNA relationship test.
A DNA relationship test is usually performed by collecting cheek swab samples from two or more sample donors and comparing each person’s DNA profile to verify a biological relationship.
However, with a toothbrush DNA test, our geneticists will attempt to extract a DNA profile from a used toothbrush instead of a cheek swab sample.
If a DNA profile can be retrieved from the toothbrush, a DNA relationship test can then be performed by analyzing and comparing the DNA profile from the toothbrush with the DNA profiles of the other test participants obtained via cheek swabs.
If a DNA profile cannot be retrieved from the toothbrush, we will contact you to refund the cost of your DNA relationship test.
Please note a refund will not be possible for the laboratory work already undertaken while performing the viability study on the toothbrush.
How does toothbrush DNA testing work?
In just a few simple steps, you can get a DNA relationship test without the need for all participants to submit cheek swab samples.
Once you have placed your order, your test kit will be sent out immediately in discreet, plain packaging.
Your test kit will contain everything you need to return your toothbrush(es) to our laboratory, and to perform the subsequent DNA relationship test using cheek swabs, assuming a profile can be extracted from the toothbrush(es).
Here’s how an AlphaBiolabs Toothbrush DNA Test works:
Order your Toothbrush DNA Test for $49. This cost covers a viability study for one toothbrush. Our scientists will work to extract a DNA profile from the toothbrush provided. If you want to send more than one toothbrush (e.g. for multiple children) please select this option while placing your order (additional fee applies)
You will also need to choose the DNA relationship test that you want (e.g. paternity, maternity, sibling).Please note that this DNA relationship test can ONLY be performed if a DNA profile can be extracted from the toothbrush
Follow the instructions provided in your test kit to collect cheek swab samples and return them to our laboratory, together with the used toothbrush
Once received, our scientists will work to extract a DNA profile from the toothbrush provided
If a DNA profile can be retrieved from the toothbrush, we can then proceed with your chosen DNA relationship test
We will analyze and compare the cheek swab DNA samples with the DNA profile from the toothbrush, to determine whether the tested individuals are related
When is a toothbrush DNA test useful?
You may want a toothbrush DNA test if:
You want to perform a DNA relationship test (e.g. paternity test) on a slightly older child, where the use of a cheek swab could lead to awkward questions.
A toothbrush DNA test is ideal if you want to collect a DNA sample in a subtle manner, from a child under the age of 16.
Any person aged 16 or over must provide their own consent (a signature) for their DNA sample to be used in testing.
However, for children under the age of 16, a parent or guardian with parental responsibility can provide consent on behalf of the child undertaking the DNA test.
You want to perform a DNA relationship test on someone who has passed away.
It is not possible to collect a cheek swab sample from a deceased person. However, DNA can be collected from the deceased’s toothbrush if the next of kin provide consent.
If a DNA profile for the deceased person can be extracted from the toothbrush, this profile can then be used to verify a biological relationship to a living relative, using a DNA relationship test (and cheek swabs from the living relative).
Please note: our Toothbrush DNA Test is for peace of mind only and cannot be used in court.
It’s easy to order your Toothbrush DNA Test online now.
For confidential advice on whether this test is right for you, you can also email our Customer Services team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How is DNA extracted from a toothbrush?
Our in-house DNA experts have undertaken viability studies to prove that used toothbrushes can be a good source of DNA.
The method of brushing and type of toothpaste used has no effect on the results. Simply send us your used toothbrush and if we can get a DNA profile from it, we can perform a DNA relationship test of your choice (fee applies).
As soon as the toothbrush arrives at our laboratory, our DNA analysts work to extract a DNA profile. We use one of the newest DNA extraction techniques available to ensure a high level of precision. If our scientists can retrieve a profile, we can perform a DNA relationship test in the usual way (fees apply).
We analyze up to 45 DNA markers for our Toothbrush DNA Test, making it one of the most accurate DNA tests on the market.
If a DNA profile cannot be retrieved from the toothbrush, we will contact you and arrange to return the cost of the DNA relationship test. However, a refund will not be possible for the viability study on the toothbrush due to the laboratory work already undertaken.
The results of the viability study can be made available in up to 5 business days from receipt of your samples at our laboratory. The results of the DNA relationship test will then take a further 3 business days.
Submitting your sample
We can accept regular or electric toothbrushes. If you are sending an electric toothbrush, please just send the toothbrush head. Do not send the whole toothbrush.
Please send a toothbrush that has been used regularly for AT LEAST ONE WEEK. The more that a toothbrush has been used, the more likely it is to provide a DNA profile. A toothbrush that has only be used once or twice is unlikely to provide a usable DNA profile.
You can send your used, dry toothbrush to our laboratory using the sample envelope provided in your test kit.
DO NOT clean the toothbrush before it is sent.
Put the dry toothbrush or toothbrush head directly into the sample envelope – DO NOT put it in a plastic bag or any other packaging. If the toothbrush has been stored in a plastic bag before sending it to us, this will reduce the likelihood of obtaining a usable DNA profile.
Your test kit will contain everything you need to collect cheek swab samples for your subsequent DNA relationship test.
Please note, the DNA relationship test can only be performed if a viable DNA profile can be retrieved from the toothbrush.
When will I receive my kit?
Simply buy your test online now, and we’ll mail it out to you immediately.
Your test kit will be sent directly to your chosen address in discreet, plain packaging, for full confidentiality.
You can choose to receive your kit by USPS First Class Mail (included in the cost of your test), or upgrade to USPS Priority Mail (+$9.99) or USPS Priority Mail Express (+$24.99).
When will I receive my results?
Once you have collected your samples, simply mail them back to our laboratory using your preferred shipping method.
As soon as we receive your DNA samples, we begin the testing process at our accredited laboratory.
The result of the viability study (extracting DNA from the toothbrush) can be made available in up to 5 business days from receipt of your samples at our laboratory.
If a DNA profile can be extracted from the toothbrush, the results of the DNA relationship test will be available in a further 3 business days.
How much does a Toothbrush DNA Test cost?
The cost of the viability study (to extract DNA from the toothbrush) is $49.
If a viable DNA profile can be retrieved, there will be an additional cost for your chosen DNA relationship test.
Is consent needed for toothbrush DNA testing?
Consent must be provided for all toothbrush samples that are sent in to be analyzed, and for cheek swab samples that are sent in for the subsequent DNA relationship test.
If the toothbrush belongs to a person who has passed away, next of kin or another qualifying relative must provide consent for their DNA to be used in testing.
For children under the age of 16, consent must be provided by a parent or guardian with parental responsibility.
Any person aged 16 or over must provide their own consent (a signature) for their DNA to be used in testing.
What is peace of mind testing?
At AlphaBiolabs, we offer peace of mind testing with all our DNA testing kits.
As the name suggests, a peace of mind DNA test is for personal use only.
The results of these tests can give you the answers you need, but they cannot be used for legal purposes or in court proceedings.
Peace of mind tests also allow you to collect your samples quickly and easily at home, without the need to use a more costly and time-consuming third-party to verify the DNA sample collection.
Yes, for more information on our legal DNA tests, please visit here.
We offer a wide range of legal DNA tests that are all AABB accredited and court admissible for many different legal matters. Results are provided in just 3 business days and prices start from just $279.00. Call us now on 727-325-2902.
A guaranteed result or your money back
If a DNA profile cannot be retrieved from the toothbrush, we will contact you and arrange to return the cost of the DNA relationship test.
However, a refund will not be possible for the viability study on the toothbrush due to the laboratory work already undertaken.
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