In his DentistryIQ blog, “Making the Oral-Systemic Connection,” Richard H. Nagelberg, DDS, says, technology has now advanced to the point where minute quantities of the same biomarkers that were previously only identifiable in serum are now detectable in saliva. Here, he explains the process of how biomarkers get from one place to another, and predicts amazing things on the horizon for dentistry in the world of salivary diagnostics. How about salivary identification of periodontal pathogens and cariogenic bacteria at chairside?

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