Saliva Testing

Dental saliva testing

Dental saliva testing by Bonfire Dental can help you maintain good oral health

Saliva protects your teeth by neutralising acids produced by bacterial plaque after eating or drinking. Specifically, saliva creates a barrier against decay, sensitivity, and erosion. If the saliva your produces is poor, or your body doesn’t produce enough, it may not be able to neutralise the acids. This can cause serious problems if left untreated.

What are the signs of unhealthy saliva?

The process of tooth decay does not happen overnight. Nor does tooth sensitivity. These happen slowly and over many months, which is why regular dental check-ups are so important. A simple saliva test can determine, in under 10 minutes, whether or not you are at risk of any detectable dental problems.

Factors that contribute to unhealthy saliva

There are a number of factors which can contribute to unhealthy saliva. Some of those factors include:

  • Acidic drink and food
  • Intake of caffeine
  • Intake of alcohol
  • Stress
  • Dehydration
  • Sports/drinks
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Medication and general health
  • Intake of nicotine

What are some of the symptoms of unhealthy saliva?

If you are experiencing any of the below symptoms, unhealthy saliva may be the cause:

  • Food tastes different
  • Bad breath
  • Saliva feels stringy when you swallow
  • Dry mouth during the day
  • Dry mouth during sleep

What’s involved in a dental saliva testing

A comprehensive dental saliva test includes:

Salivary consistency test: assess viscosity of unstimulated saliva

Hydration test: measures salivary production

Resting saliva flow test: measures pH of unstimulated saliva

Stimulated saliva flow test: measures the quantity of saliva produced

Stimulated saliva pH test: measures pH of saliva produced by chewing stimulus

Saliva buffering capacity test: measures ability of saliva to minimise acid challenge

Benefits of dental saliva testing

Saliva testing can help in diagnosing dental problems before they become severe, and identify contributing lifestyle factors causing dental problems.

With the results of dental saliva testing, we can offer an improved preventive treatment plan. This treatment plan will make it easier to communicate the reasons for certain problems as well as being able to correct series problems before they occur.

How long does the test take?

On average, a saliva test will take ten minutes, and involve six stages. Each stage tests a different aspect of your saliva to ensure we get the most accurate results.

Saliva testing at Bonfire Dental Jindalee

If you would like to know more about the dental saliva test, or to request an appointment, please contact us today.