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Event Summary: November 18, 2011 Personalized Periodontal Medicine

Dr. Maples and Dr. MartinDr. Pearce's TeamDr. Dino Mantis

Event Summary: Our November course was well attended and had representation from five states...

Event: Nashville - June 16 - Renaissance Hotel

Saliva is making strong inroad into the field of oral health diagnostics, as it has proven an extremely useful, non-invasive and easy-to-collect medium from which to measure a wide range of human, bacterial and viral DNA.  Virtually any diagnostic test that uses blood can also be performed using whole saliva as an alternative because it contains essentially the same DNA-containing constituents as blood serum.  As such, saliva serves as an ideal source of diagnostic information for a variety of diseases, including diabetes, infections and cancers.  In the dental office, diagnostic tests can confirm a patient's genetic predisposition to periodontal disease, as well as provide the dentist/hygienist with a qualitative and quantities analysis of the pathogenic bacteria that cause inflammation and infection.  A diagnosis that is based on the actual causative agents, in conjunction with clinical presentation, provide dental professionals a more definitive risk assessment.