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Can Saliva Be Used to Detect Heart Disease?

For years, dental professionals have been telling patients that proper oral hygiene and regular checkups and cleanings are essential to their overall physical health. Dentists have educated patients about how signs of infection, cancer, or even diabetes can be detected in their oral health, and numerous stories have been featured in national news media attesting to the lifesaving effects of proper dental vigilance. 

Heart Disease

Now, it appears that another major health concern can be detected through your oral hygiene. Recent studies have begun to look at using trace factors in your saliva to diagnose heart disease early. 

Research Into Heart Failure and Salivary Gland Production

Researchers have been looking into salivary tests for heart failure and other cardiovascular diseases for some time, because they represent increased opportunities for early detection.

  • Salivary tests are cheaper, easier, and faster
  • Availability skyrockets with oral testing because biohazard risks are easier to manage
  • Widespread testing leads to more frequent testing, which leads to earlier diagnosis
  • Early diagnosis drives down the rate of disabling side effects and saves money while preserving your health 

While the research shows that this is promising, there are not yet widespread tests for cardiovascular disease that are available to the general public, but there are a few that are being studied.

Future of Testing

It is very likely that we will see tests for this condition develop quickly over the next few years because proving that new tests are effective is a much more streamlined process than attempting to find a new drug or therapy. In the meantime, dental professionals are still positioned to give you excellent advice about early warning signs for your health if you avail yourself of regular checkups.

To schedule your next dental visit, contact us here, or give our office staff a call. They will be happy to make sure your next cleaning gets on the calendar so that you can get all the help you need with your oral health.

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Dr. Claire Cho, Claire Cho DDS, CA

Claire Cho, DDS, has been serving patients for over 31 years.

She is passionate about applying new knowledge in her practice and attends continuing education courses annually. These advanced courses have enabled her to gain specialized knowledge on implantology, dental prosthetics, soft tissue grafting, neuromuscular occlusion, and bone and tissue regeneration.

Dr. Cho is one of the few dentists in Orange County offering LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure), the FDA-approved gum disease treatment that doesn’t involve cutting and sewing. She combines science with an artistic eye to transform the smiles and lives of patients. Her recent accolades include nominations for Best of LA Cosmetic Dentist and Top Doc of Orange County by Orange Coast magazine and being awarded fellow status by the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.

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