Salivary Diagnostics

Scientists from the School of Dentistry have been at the vanguard of research on human saliva in recent years, leading the way in the dynamic, emerging field of salivary diagnostics, which seeks to catalog the biological makeup of saliva to help screen for and detect both oral and systemic diseases. Research has shown that saliva, as a medium for health screening is just as useful as blood and other bodily fluids and has vast potential for the early detection of cancers, autoimmune diseases, diabetes and other disorders. Monoclonal antibody-based bacterial detection techniques have been translated to clinical application and dental product companies are presently marketing our “Saliva-Check” testing strip, which allows chair-side evaluation of cariogenic bacteria levels. Collaboration between cancer and microbiology researchers is currently underway to pioneer salivary diagnostics using state-of-the-art nanotechnologies.

UCLA School of Dentistry faculty members who contribute to this "center of excellence" include: