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In "Oral Exams: Saliva could produce an alternative for some diagnostic tests" (SN: 9/17/05, p. 187), biologist Paul Denny indicates that if the test of the saliva shows that the young patient is at high risk for developing cavities, then extra precautions could be taken such as sealants and fluoride treatments. As a practicing Houston dentist, I wish to point out that both of those procedures are routine with any Houston dentist treating children. Where this saliva test would be valuable is in predicting dental caries
dental caries  a destructive process causing decalcification of the tooth enamel and leading to continued destruction of enamel and dentin, and cavitation of the tooth.


car·ies(kâr
in areas not accessible to visual exam: between teeth in fight contact. If indicated, more-aggressive preventive treatment could be given.

THEODORE BLINDER, HAVERTOWN, PA.
 

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