Using Saliva to Find All Forms of Cancer
Our dentists believe that patients should get regular check-ups every 6 months. Not only is it important to get your teeth cleaned by a professional dentist, but routine check ups often help us catch dangerous diseases early, while we can still treat them. Gingivitis and other mouth diseases are things we deal with often, but advancements in dental science now make it so that we can now monitor saliva for distal systemic diseases such as pancreatic cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, and others.
Scientists have discovered that evidence of many forms of cancer can show up in saliva glands. They hope that this information could be used in the fight against cancer and other deadly diseases. But as the research continues, it becomes even more important to visit a qualified licensed dentist regularly, one that will examine your saliva and maybe catch a dangerous disease while it is still easily treatable. In our Midtown Manhattan dental office, we are extremely excited about what this research could mean for our patients.