The importance of salivary assessment in dental practice

Author(s): Jeff Burgess

Saliva is becoming an important diagnostic tool for the immediate assessment of oral as well as systemic disease. Its potential as a diagnostic aide was recognized in 2002 by the US based National Institute of Dental and Cranio-facial Research (the NIDCR). Since then, research groups throughout the US and other countries have been studying saliva and point of care (POC) measuring platforms to validate their use for immediate assessment of disease.