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Saliva Diagnostics

Saliva diagnostics in Louisville, CO: Easy, noninvasive path to personalized, proactive treatment that works

Saliva diagnostics in Louisville CO

Boulder Valley Dental Center treats more than “nose to chin” within our warm, welcoming, home-like office. We get to know and treat the whole you. Remember: Your teeth and gums do not live in isolation. Oral problems can damage your entire “system.” You are “more than your teeth and gums,” one of the ways we get to know you better is through diagnostics.

These diagnostics allow us to pinpoint the cause of common oral conditions, including one of the biggest culprits behind tooth loss: gum disease. Saliva diagnostics at the Louisville, CO office of Dr. Tracey Hughes is noninvasive, hassle-free, painless, quick, and affordable.

Saliva provides great insight into both oral and systemic diseases, which are of special interest to dentistry. Oral conditions are often linked to problems with systems and organs that seem to have nothing to do with your mouth, such as heart disease and respiratory disorders.

After the saliva is collected, either on a strip or in a special tube, the sample is analyzed. Many different types of salivary diagnostic tests may be ordered. We recommend the OralDNA® Labs panel of tests.


There are an estimated 20 billion microbes that live in your mouth. Through saliva testing, we can determine both the numbers and the types of pathogens or harmful bacteria that are present in your mouth. MyPerioPath® identifies high-risk, moderate-risk, and low-risk pathogens for advanced or aggressive forms of gum disease. So, this test may serve as an “early warning” of your risk of periodontal disease, as well as your risk of conditions like heart disease. Some high-risk pathogens, like P. gingivalis, are related to the development of atherosclerosis, a buildup of fatty plaques in the arteries that can lead to coronary artery disease, heart attack, and heart failure.

Celsus One™

Inflammation plays a critical role in the severity of gum disease, and conditions like heart disease and diabetes. Celsus One™ looks for eight gene markers that are linked to this critical inflammatory response. If these markers are identified, Dr. Hughes can be proactive in developing personalized therapies even before symptoms arise. This is an ideal situation; preventing instead of reacting to damage caused by progressive gum inflammation.

OraRisk® HPV

A saliva sample may also hold clues to the early detection (and successful treatment) of oral cancers. Specific types of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) may be identified during analysis. HPV has been implicated in the rise of oral cancers among non-smokers aged 50 and younger. As with other cancers, early detection and treatment can be lifesaving.

OraRisk® Candida

Characterized by creamy white lesions, oral thrush can cause a loss of taste and pain that makes it tough to eat food comfortably, or to swallow easily. Oral thrush can also spread to other parts of the body, and lead to more serious systemic infections. Also known as candidiasis, oral thrush may be detected early and treated effectively with OraRisk® Candida. The test pinpoints all species of Candida yeast, which is important because some strains do not respond to “standard” antifungal medications.

So, treatment of “salivary infections” through testing means more than a couple of different things; depending on your situation, we may be referring to the infection-causing periodontal bacteria, which sets off an inflammatory response and the destruction of the gums and supporting bone. We may also be referring to the presence of pathogens responsible for a range of viral and fungal infections, and oral conditions and systemic diseases. It is a powerful approach to detect conditions when they are easiest to treat (in their earliest stages); to guide effective, personalized treatment; and to monitor conditions and treatments to see how well you are responding to therapies.

As you can see, saliva testing is no one thing, and there is no one quite like you! To find out more and to see how these convenient and precise technologies can benefit you, call us at Boulder Valley Dental Center – 303-732-5388. Dr. Hughes looks forward to meeting you.

A Success Story

Natalie B. "Boulder valley dental center is amazing! The staff is very friendly and the facilities are state of the art. My last visit is easily the most comfortable visit I've ever had with a dentist. I can't recommend them enough."
Michael C. "I need to have a lot of dental work done and the ladies at Boulder Valley Dental all work extra hard to make sure their patients are comfortable. They are amazing and I am so happy to have a trustworthy dentist who actually cares. I highly recommend Dr. Hughes and the whole staff at Boulder Valley Dental."
Tyler K. "The most friendly, careful, and thoughtful experience I've ever had at a dentist."
Eric T. "Extremely nice and helpful staff. They do an amazing job of working through your care plan and provide very comprehensive service. They're not afraid to take extra time with their patients to ensure that they are comfortable with their care and treatment and that they understand the decisions being put in front of them. Would recommend them to anyone in need of dental care."
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Dr. Tracey Hughes is a highly sought-after and leading Louisville dentist. At the Boulder Valley Dental Center, Dr. Hughes welcomes her patients as ‘guests.’ She is constantly committed to advancing her skills and knowledge through continuing education initiatives. Having received her B.Sc. in Chemistry and Biology from Buena Vista University in Iowa, she proceeded to obtain her Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 1998 from the University Of Iowa College Of Dentistry. Over the years Dr. Hughes has committed several hours of learning to refine her knowledge and to ensure that she provides her patients with modern dental services. She is only one of less than 1,000 dentists who have earned a Fellowship in Advanced Physiologic Based Dentistry at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Technologies (LVI Global). Whether it is general dentistry or cosmetic dentistry or even sleep apnea, reach out to Dr. Hughes today!