How To Collect
A DNA Swab Sample

Video Description

You are now about to learn everything you need to know about the DNA Paternity Testing Sample Collection process. Hello. My name is Garth Harvey and I am the DNA testing specialist with the IDTO (DNA Testing Center). I just want to take a few moments of your time today just to briefly explain how to collect a DNA sample for yourself when you receive a DNA paternity testing home kit, which is a very simple process.

how to swab cheek for dna test

How To Collect A DNA Sample?

I just wanted to take a few moments since we get asked this question a whole lot. So I wanted to address it a little bit today. The good thing is this is an extremely simple process.

Once you receive your DNA paternity testing kit, inside of it you’ll have two packages which have 2 sterilized cotton swabs that look and resemble the ones that I have in my hand (refer to the video).

Just cut or peel open the package to retrieve the swabs inside.

Now, I’m just gonna take a few moments to pull a swab out and what you going to want to do is take one cotton swab and proceed to swab inside of your mouth between your cheek and your gum.

Actually, swabbing between your cheek and gum is a more efficient sample collection as opposed to just swabbing your cheek alone.

Cheek alone swab collections may lessen the probability that you don’t get enough genetic material when you collect the sample. Your chances are increased when swabbing between the cheek and gum.

I am going to show you exactly how this is done (refer to video) as you notice I kept my free hand on the outside on my cheek where I was swapping on the inside my cheek with my other hand (refer to video). This method we at IDTO find is a little bit better.

For the record, we haven’t had as many issues with other companies who implore 10-second swab collections of a person’s cheek. We prefer getting a higher frequency swab to better ensure there is enough genetic material when the sample is collected.

Now, once you’re done with collecting the samples on one each side of your cheek you are going to take each cotton swab and place them in the envelope provided in the IDTO DNA Test kit.  It is also important to make sure you label each envelope accordingly. Then seal each envelope and place them in the return shipping envelope addressed to our lab that you receive from our facility.

There you have it. Pretty simple process,  if you should have any other questions in regards to the DNA paternity testing process please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 877 680 5800 and if found the information in the above video help please subscribe to our youtube channel. In the near future, IDTO will be producing more videos in regards to DNA paternity testing, and all of the situations that one will be forced to use a DNA test as an option to better help educate the public.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does DNA last in saliva?

DNA samples by way of saliva sample aka cheek swab samples can several months if the sample has not been compromised by its storage environment or avoiding any type of fluid such as bleach that can destroy cheek swab samples.

How long does DNA stay in your mouth after kissing?

Research has shown that male DNA has been found in female’s saliva anywhere from 10 minutes to 60 minutes. The detection of foreign DNA within females is restricted and it will require a prompt sample collection to have chance of detecting DNA to produce a profile.

How long does human DNA last on surfaces?

Human DNA longevity on a surface will vary depending on the environment. For example, if the DNA was exposed to sunlight, rain, or water the length of time on average is a couple week to have a chance of a DNA sample collector being able to acquire a usable DNA sample.