How is salivary testing beneficial to a patient’s health?
By testing for pathogens that are known to deteriorate periodontal health, salivary testing can offer antibiotic recommendations that will target harmful bacteria strains that may be present in a patient’s mouth.
When coupled with regular checkups, cleanings and at-home oral hygiene care, the result can be a lessened bacterial load, which can improve a patient’s periodontal condition. Studies have shown that patients who were diligent about their dental homecare practices continued to show signs of periodontal disease, but after salivary testing identified their specific pathogen risk, the patients’ oral health improved significantly once they began taking the test’s suggested antibiotic.
Salivary testing can also make dental professionals aware of a patient’s genetic vulnerabilities to inflammation, which can impact a host of systemic health conditions. Having this insight, your oral health team is better able to understand the level of care a patient requires, if more frequent checkups and cleanings are necessary, and if additional therapies or periodontal treatments would be prudent.
In addition, this type of testing can identify bacteria known to cause cavities and even oral cancer. Being aware of a patient’s risk factors can enable dental professionals to employ early prevention and intervention practices and screenings, and to inform patients of daily steps they can take to reduce their risks.
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