At the Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry in Alexandria, we know that a mouth examination can reveal troubles in other parts of the patient’s body. Because many diseases manifest in soft tissues of the mouth or cause pain in the jaw, dentists often refer patients to their medical doctor for further diagnosis when they encounter issues such as inflammation, chronic bad breath, bleeding gums, or jaw pain.
Healthcare providers may soon have another oral diagnostic tool for discovering systemic diseases—a test that tests the molecules in saliva.
“UCLA researchers are working on a test that could have the ability to diagnose diseases like diabetes and cancer. It’s conceivable that dentists will soon be able to take saliva samples that can be tested for numerous diseases. And if that happens, disease diagnosis will be much simpler for all parties.”
At the Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry in Alexandria we help our patients maintain good dental health. Patients come to us from Mt. Vernon and throughout the area for family and restorative dentistry, and other services. Call for an appointment today!