The Diagnostic Power of Saliva and its Impact on Dentistry and Beyond

Webinar Date
CE Credits
1 hour

Brought to you by the DentaQuest Partnership and the Forsyth Institute

Human saliva has functions: lubricating the oral cavity, promoting tooth mineralization, inhibiting pathogens, enhancing oral immunity, and much more. There are many molecules in saliva that carry out these functions. Also present in saliva are human cells, over 700 known species of bacteria and other pathogens, and DNA and RNA.  Saliva is also easy and non-invasive to collect, thus making it an ideal source for cost-effective tests. All of this makes saliva a valuable source of biological information for diagnostics and risk assessment. Before COVID-19, several saliva-based diagnostic tools (such as HIV tests) were already approved by the FDA. With the detection of the virus that causes COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, in saliva, the importance of saliva diagnostics has reached a new level.  This webinar will review the latest advancements in salivary diagnostics and discuss its potential impact on managing oral health and beyond.


  • Understand the science behind human saliva
  • Learn about various biomarkers within saliva
  • Receive an overview of salivary diagnostics and its impact on health


  • Julie Hawley, Ph.D., CAE, Director, Analytics & Evaluation, DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement


  • Wenyuan Shi, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer and Chief Scientific Officer, Forsyth Institute

Recording will be made available.