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.