Saliva Diagnostic Testing
Saliva is essential for a healthy mouth and contains antibodies and minerals to help protect teeth, as well as enzymes that help begin the process of digestion while chewing food. It is important for lubricating the mouth and for washing away old skin cells and bacteria, and has antimicrobial properties that help keep the mouth fresh and clean and free from disease. Saliva is easily collected and diagnostic testing allows us to look for specific biomarkers which could indicate a higher risk of developing certain diseases.
This information can be very useful when developing customised treatment plans for patients and enable us to tailor treatments to provide the greatest level of protection against problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. We may suggest saliva diagnostic testing if you frequently develop cavities, in spite of having a good level of oral hygiene and an adequate oral care regime at home. The test is quick, simple and non-invasive, and targeted dental care can help improve and protect your oral health. Studies have shown links between oral health and general health, so it is important to make sure your mouth is as healthy as possible.
This treatment may be used in conjunction with other diagnostics, for example dietary analysis to help provide a more complete picture of your current dental health.