Point of Care Microbiological Tests in Periodontology
Keywords:Point of care tests, Periodontology, Microbiology
Periodontal diseases involve a complex inflammatory response of the periodontal tissues against various micro-organisms leading to destruction of the tooth supporting structures. Laboratory investigations have remained the mainstay for analytical processes of a large number of samples involving various disciplines. However, due to the limitations regarding health-care budgets, there has been a paradigm shift from central laboratories to point of care tests (POCT). Newer diagnostic tests can prove to be beneficial in evaluation of patient’s response to periodontal therapy. Oral fluid-based POCT used selectively are now being utilized as the potential “chairside” tests for determination of oral diseases.
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