The Role of Oral-Fluid Biomarkers in Diagnosing Oral Diseases
Dental hygienists are uniquely positioned to screen patients for systemic and oral diseases using salivary diagnostics.
After reading this course, the participant should be able to:
- Identify the primary salivary biomarkers associated with periodontal diseases, caries, and oral cancer.
- Explain the role of biomarkers in the pathogenesis of periodontal diseases.
- Describe how salivary testing has advanced the understanding and treatment of COVID-19.
- Discuss applications of point of care technology in a dental office.
This course was issued in April 2021 and expires April 2024. The authors have no commercial conflicts of interest to disclose. This 2 credit hour self-study activity is electronically mediated.