Is Salivary Diagnosis Test Important For Oral Care?


Posted on 10/24/2022 by Dr. Saklofsky
Is Salivary Diagnosis Test Important For Oral Care?Salivary diagnostic tests like genetic inflammatory markers and HPV testing are very important to dentists and patients for many reasons. The testing is a non-invasive procedure and all you are supposed to do is spit or swish. That sample will then be taken to the lab for further analysis. The procedure does not involve cutting, pricking, or poking. The findings obtained from your saliva test can help improve your quality of life.

The Importance of Salivary Diagnostic Tests


A dentist will order a saliva test to help identify bacteria in the oral cavity. Salivary diagnostic tests can identify pathogens that are key contributors to periodontal diseases. After the test, the pathogens contributing to your periodontal disease can be revealed. A dentist will recommend antibiotics that can target specific bacteria.

A salivary test can also show your genetic predisposition toward an oral disease. It explains why you may keep experiencing the same periodontal disease time and again. Therefore, there is a need for you to go for a salivary test to stay away from certain things that could predispose you to dental diseases.

A dentist may conduct oral fluid testing as a risk assessment. The test can reveal the bacteria that contribute to caries. After the test, the dentist can monitor the effectiveness of behavior changes. When the dentist knows your risks, you are encouraged to use interventions like fluoride to re-mineralize your teeth or Xylitol to obstruct bacterial metabolism.

Besides, dentists perform oral fluid testing to screen you for oral cancer. This test can be used to check the availability of various human papillomavirus strains that could cause oral cancer. The American Cancer Society suggests that cancer will kill about 10,860 in 2022 alone, and HPV is thought to be the leading cause. Early diagnosis, therefore, is important and increases survival when the cancer is dealt with at its early stages. If you are wondering whether to go for a salivary diagnosis test, please reach out to our office today and we will be glad to assist you.


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