Preventive care dentistry in Dothan, AL starts with a little spit
Posted By Dr Nathan Pfister
You probably realize that saliva lubricates oral tissues to help you swallow and breathe. Did you know that it is also a powerful diagnostic tool for detecting oral and systemic disease? Preventive care dentistry at Biodentist Alabama in Dothan, AL includes oral bacteria testing to keep your mouth and body at its functional best.
Understanding oral bacteria testing
A simple, quick, painless saliva swap provides a myriad of information about what is going on in your mouth and body. It helps to detect:
Dental caries – Tooth decay is highly preventable. Cavities are caused by acids produced by bacterial plaque. Acidic bacterial excretions lower pH, putting enamel, dentin, and cementum at risk. Salivary testing helps to identify high risk patients, so that precautions can be put into place – instructions on home care, anti-bacterial mouth rinses, and possibly more frequent checkups.
Periodontal disease – Gum disease is present in more than 50 percent of American adults, and is the leading cause of tooth loss. Traditional diagnostics include measuring pocket depth (the seal of gum tissue to teeth), and digital x-rays to reveal bone loss. Both of these tests expose gum disease in advanced stages, when there may already be irreversible damage. Oral bacteria testing identifies biomarkers that help to detect periodontal disease in a preclinical phase, when treatment is most effective.
Oral squamous cell carcinoma – OSCC is the most common type of oral cancer. Any form of cancer is a serious concern, but the prognosis for OSCC is very good with early detection. However, OSCCs have a high rate of recurrence, so prompt discovery is essential. Saliva contains exfoliated cells which can be screened for oral cancer biomarkers, revealing OSCC much earlier than with visual evaluation alone.
Does your dentist provide this level of preventive care dentistry? Call Biodentist Alabama in Dothan, AL at (855) 939-5566. The difference could save your teeth and your life.
Dr. Pfister's passion for non-invasive biologic dentistry began while practicing dentistry in Hawaii and he learned of the power of ozone in dentistry. From Hawaii, Dr. Pfister moved to his hometown of Upland as the protégé of the world-renowned ozone dentist Dr. Bill Domb...
Dr. Brian Pfister was born and raised in Upland, CA. He attended Brigham Young University-Idaho, graduating with a degree in exercise physiology with a minor in chemistry. From Idaho, Dr. Brian returned to southern California to continue dental training at Western University College of Dental Medicine.