If Dr. David Wong and his research team have their way, dentistry may never look the same again. The Journal of the American Dental Association has published an exclusive addition to Dr. Wong’s October study which revealed saliva can capture an individual’s biological makeup and status. And that’s just the beginning.
In his recent article, the Associate Dean of Research at UCLA School of Dentistry, identified the current state of salivary diagnostic research, emphasized advances made by other scientists and forecasted the direction for future clinical applications and possible research. The detection, treatment and prediction of recurring medical conditions using saliva samples, which is both convenient and inexpensive, will translate into practical clinical applications administered by both doctors and dentists. His article exposes the impact the dental profession will have on primary health care with chairside screening of saliva. It’s likely that further research into salivary research or “salviomics” will change your future dental check-ups.