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How to Complete a Salivary Test for CAMBRA

You have decided that you want a CAMBRA evaluation done with Dr. Cruz. Congratulations on taking advantage of the technology out there to help you take the best care of your teeth!

Part of a CAMBRA evaluation includes a saliva test, called the salivary secretion and buffering capacity quantification. This test helps determine the pH levels in your saliva, as well as tests for certain bacteria that may be causing you to become more prone to dental caries regardless of your dental hygiene routine. The examination takes approximately 20-30 minutes.

Before you arrive, about an hour before the test, there are some things you should abstain from. Do not eat or drink (excluding water) an hour beforehand. Do not smoke, chew gum, brush your teeth, or use a mouthwash before your appointment, as this can affect the results of the saliva test. If you are unable to comply with these rules before your appointment, it is essential that you reschedule the salivary test, as doing any of these things can greatly affect the results of your CAMBRA evaluation.

Dr. Cruz will then take samples of your saliva in order to test the pH levels. In addition, he will also evaluate the function of the minor lip salivary glands, resting saliva amount and quality (including viscosity and flow rate), and stimulated salivary amount and quality. This will help Dr. Cruz determine your risk for dental caries, and allows him the chance to give you the proper steps in order to protect yourself from future tooth decay and cavities.

Dr. Cruz understands the importance of having a healthy smile, and is available to make a consultation appointment with you to conduct a CAMBRA evaluation and find out if you are more susceptible to tooth decay and cavities due to dental caries. Call today to make an appointment, and complete a salivary test for yourself.

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