Determining the presence of diseases and conditions by salivary diagnostics is not limited to those in the oral cavity. It also extends to systemic pathologies such as cancer, autoimmune diseases, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, along with viral and bacterial infections. What does this mean for dental professionals in terms of salivary sample requests for real-time determination of the presence of various systemic diseases? In his DentistryIQ blog, “Making the Oral-Systemic Connection,” Richard H. Nagelberg, DDS, discusses the progress of salivary diagnostics in scientific research and development and explains how it will directly enhance the health of our patients.

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