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Research Suggests Your Saliva Might Be Able to Indicate if You Have Cancer

At 123Dentist.com, we get excited about opportunities to expand the realm of dentistry so we can give the highest quality of care to all of our patients.

We recently stumbled upon this new research from the UCLA School of Dentistry and couldn’t wait to share it with you.

Dr. David Wong published a paper in the Journal of the American Dental Association that argues the various uses of saliva in the dental and medical field. If certain tools are applied to the molecules in your saliva, it might be able to indicate if you have a variety of different health concerns, including diabetes, auto-immune diseases and even cancer.

This method is not invasive for the patient and allows your dentist or doctor to do a more throughout check-up on your health. During a visit, a dentist or doctor will just have to take a swab of saliva from your mouth—that’s it. Although this cannot replace other tests such as blood tests, it still allows your dentist or doctor to do a more in-depth analysis of your health and diagnose specific diseases.

From this point on, further testing will be done to ensure that the saliva is an accurate portrayal of your health. Hopefully in the future, we can see this form of technology entering into our 123Dentist.com practices across the lower mainland!