Salivary Diagnostics

There are some 300 different types of organism living in the mouth, most of which are harmless. About a dozen of them have been shown to be present in periodontal infections. They are present in different proportions in different infections and each type responds differently to antibiotics. If the periodontal therapists at Centercare are using antibiotics against these infections, they may require a culture before starting in order to choose an appropriate antibiotic.

It is possible to learn the exact bacterial composition of these periodontal infections by isolating their DNA in saliva samples. This allows precision in selecting the appropriate drug. The periodontal risk profile of individual patients can also be established with this test.

The HPV virus can also be identified in these tests. HPV infections have been implicated in a large percent of oral cancers. Research is ongoing to uncover the full range of diagnostic value of sampling saliva.

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