Friends,
As recommended by the Governor, and the TSBDE, we are shifting to an Emergency Only schedule from March 20th until at least April 21st.  If you have a routine dental appointment scheduled during that time, there is no need to call us; we will be reaching out to you to reschedule. If you have a true dental emergency involving pain, swelling, or imminent damage to your health, please call us! We are here for you! If we do not answer, press 0 when the voicemail starts to reach Dr. Farahani's cell phone. We will be happy to see you and resolve your problem. We also offer telemedicine for non-emergency situations. Otherwise, we appreciate your patience and understanding as we do our part to keep everyone safe!
Dr. Sheila Farahani and the Harmony Dental Wellness Staff
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What is Salivary Testing and what can you learn from my saliva?

Another way we are different from other offices is that, at Harmony Dental Wellness, we pay attention to saliva. Saliva is a vital component to your oral health! Of course, there are the obvious benefits of lubricating your food and helping you speak, but did you know that saliva does so much more?

Testing For Gum Disease

Your saliva is a fantastic buffer to neutralize the acids made by bacteria and helps prevent cavities and gum disease. Throughout your experience with us, we will monitor your saliva. At your first visit, we measure the quantity and consistency of your saliva and ensure that adequate saliva is being produced from all three major saliva ducts in your mouth. At all hygiene appointments, we measure the pH of your saliva to screen for reflux, buffer capacity (quality) and other possible issues. If periodontal (gum) problems are present, we may recommend salivary testing.

A simple sample of your saliva can tell us what kinds of bacteria live in your mouth and how many of them there are. That means we will know which antibiotic, if any, is best for your mouth. Dr. Farahani always tries to avoid the use of antibiotics unless absolutely necessary and she believes that saliva testing allows her to choose a medication that will be minimally impacting to the rest of the body. Use of the correct antibiotic in conjunction with gum therapy can result in a reduction of your harmful bacterial levels to below your body's reactive threshold levels.

In some situations, we may recommend the use of that same saliva sample to screen for genetic markers or viruses, such as HPV, that would indicate higher risk for you of diseases such as cancer. While most people think of HPV as being related to cervical cancer, it more commonly causes throat cancer.

We are always looking for ways to prevent disease! Call our office if you have any further questions.

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