Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Super Spit?

There is more to saliva than you think. Dentists know that saliva is important in preventing tooth decay. It washes away debris and keeps your mouth from becoming too acidic (acid is bad for teeth). But new research has found that saliva also has elements that can help detect disease. 


For example, researchers at the University of California have found that saliva tests can screen for cancer or diabetes. Link to story below:

Simple saliva test could predict early-stage diabetes, cancer


Scientists at my alma mater, Case Western Reserve University, study how saliva contains markers for some HPV-related oral cancers:

Researchers to test body’s natural antibiotic as possible tool for detecting oral cancers

So you see, spit is good stuff.

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