Table of Contents
ISRN Dentistry
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 158786, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/158786
Review Article

Salivary Diagnostics: A Brief Review

1Department of Oral Pathology & Microbiology, Faculty of Dental Sciences, Sri Ramachandra University, No. 1, Ramachandra Nagar, Porur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600116, India
2Department of Biotechnology, Pondicherry University, Puducherry 605014, India

Received 3 November 2013; Accepted 26 November 2013; Published 29 January 2014

Academic Editors: H.-S. Kho and F. D. Nunes

Copyright © 2014 Narasimhan Malathi et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Early detection of disease plays a crucial role for treatment planning and prognosis. Saliva has great potential as a diagnostic fluid and offers advantage over serum and other biological fluids by an economic and noninvasive collection method for monitoring of systemic health and disease progression. The plethora of components in this fluid can act as biomarkers for diagnosis of various systemic and local diseases. In this review paper, we have emphasized the role of salivary biomarkers as diagnostic tools.