Do you have patients who do everything they are supposed to do from a hygiene standpoint, yet they get caries? At the same time, other patients who have terrible oral hygiene may have periodontal disease, but do not get caries.
The reason for this discrepancy may be very likely due to their ability to buffer an acid challenge and to produce an adequate amount of appropriate saliva to overcome their poor hygiene. The reality is, as oral healthcare providers, we must understand saliva plays a tremendous role in risk of caries, and we must look at various properties of saliva to help our patients.
To make this process as simple as possible, GC America has created a streamlined test that can be done in the office in just a few minutes. The Saliva-Check kit by GC offers an efficient series of tests to analyze resting flow rate, salivary consistency, resting pH, volume of stimulated saliva, pH of stimulated saliva, and buffering capacity. This test is especially important for an aging population where more and more people are on multiple medications, causing a decreased salivary flow rate. This test can give clinicians insight into managing the caries process versus simply surgically treating it.
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