Thursday, July 12, 2012

Saliva: a powerful diagnostic tool for minimal intervention dentistry.

Ranganath LM, Shet RGK, Rajesh AG. Saliva: A Powerful Diagnostic Tool for Minimal Intervention Dentistry. J Contemp Dent Pract 2012;13(2):240-245.

Saliva plays a vital role in oral health as patients strive to maintain a healthy dentition throughout their lives. It is natures primary defense mechanism for the oral environment, and is particularly important for protecting exposed tooth surfaces. While internal protection for dentin comes from odontoblasts and the dental pulp, the body's external protection for enamel comes from saliva. The noninvasive nature of salivary testing has made it an effective alternative to blood and urine testing and home testing kits have made it possible for people to monitor their own health using this diagnostic medium. This paper presents what saliva can reveal about general and oral health as well as highlights the current use and potential clinical and research applications, of diagnostics based on oral fluids. Clinical significance: Early detection always minimizes the need for more invasive treatment. It prevents oral health disease at an early stage and provides a good oral health in rejuvenated state. If you stick and follow regular professional care, prevention maintenance appointments, prevention counseling, good home care and oral hygiene, diet habits you will be free from oral health illness and you can experience the harmonious and rejuvenated state of good oral health. Keywords: Saliva, Oral fluid, Demineralization/remineralization.

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