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Saliva Testing - Good Practice

Saliva protects the teeth by;

  • Neutralizing acid challenges to prevent dental decay
  • Flushing food and bacteria from the mouth
  • Acting as a lubricant
  • Delivering calcium, phosphate and fluoride to the tooth surface to reduce tooth loss and aid remineralisation

If the mouth becomes more acidic not only will tooth loss and sensitivity occur but infections such as thrush and  (bad breath) are more likely.

Symptoms of salivary dysfunction.

Difficulty eating, swallowing, talking or altered taste could suggest saliva dysfunction. Other symptoms include tooth sensitivity and trauma to tongue and cheeks from sharp areas on your teeth. If you notice frothy, stringy saliva this may be a further sign of reduced saliva.

Wear of teeth will naturally occur with time but reduced saliva will increase the rate of wear

Saliva testing.

A simple in surgery test can be used to test both stimulated and unstimulated saliva to see how well it can perform these functions.

The ideal strategy for patients with poor saliva flow is to provide additional calcium and phosphate(CPP-APP) together with an elevated level of fluoride. GC Tooth Mousse  is a concentrated CPP-APP crème applied via a vacuum-formed tray, micro brush, interproximal brush or cotton pellet. Not only will this prevent tooth decay, gum and oral disease but it will provide a nice feeling of smoothness and an excellent taste