Saliva has been imagined as a significant diagnostic fluid for a very long time now. Recent advancements in salivary metabolomics, genomics, and proteomics technologies have lead to the use of saliva for diagnosis in a clinical setting.
Salivary diagnostics offers a cost effective, real time, noninvasive, easy to use and stress free approach to oral and systemic disease diagnosis. Dental caries, periodontal disease, oral pre-cancer & cancer and orofacial pain are some of the most common oral health burdens. Salivary biomarkers are used in diagnosis and monitoring of oral diseases. Different saliva kits already exist in markets for oral diseases.
Upon completion of reading these articles, the clinician will be able to understand:
- Salivary biochemical and physiological alterations during normal and diseases
- Role of saliva based technologies in diagnosis of dental and oral diseases
- Possibility of saliva based technology and its use in dental office