Saliva Screening

Saliva Screening

Here at the office, we are committed to preventing cavities before they start rather than just allowing them to happen. We want our patients to be able to keep and take care of the teeth they have and hopefully stop oral decay before it becomes detrimental.


To help with this process, we are introducing Saliva Screening to our office. Saliva Screening helps identify different indicators that showwhether or not your child is at risk for dental decay, and even periodontal

disease. The Saliva Screening tests for 7 different risk factors including cariogenic bacteria (higher bacteria count indicates a higher risk of cavities, dental decay, and bad breath), acidity (the higher the acidity, the higher the chance for cavities), and buffer capacity (how much your body

is able to to counteract bad bacteria and acidity) among other indicators. Having these indicators will allow us to better help you care for your child's individualized dental care needs and will lead to better health overall.


In order to do the saliva screening, we ask that the patient DOES NOT eat, drink, or brush teeth two hour prior to the appointment time or the Saliva Screening results will be skewed. The Saliva Screening is not currently covered by insurance and is $27.00 per test with us testing approximately1-2 times a year or according to what you and Dr. Simkins feel is best for your child. After every bacteria test, you will be provided with a sheet showing their progress so you can see the progress your child is making towards better oral health.


If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact our office at (801)-782-3920 or through email at