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Salivary Testing (SillHa)

Salivary Testing

What is this service?

Oral health affects your overall health and well-being, but in the rush of daily life, it’s easy to forget about your mouth. When you do remember, you may find yourself reaching for the toothpaste and brushing your teeth without really paying attention to what you’re doing or how your gums are feeling. With SillHa Saliva testing you gain more insight into your oral health and systemic health.

For ages, conventional wisdom held that dental health was rooted in whether or not you flossed. The SillHa approach is both broader and more nuanced than that, looking at multiple factors contributing to wellness. The system uses a saliva sample to analyze levels of seven different proteins found in saliva. High levels of these proteins are associated with inflammation of some kind in your body—most likely, in your mouth (after all, it’s where we assess salivary quality). By assessing each of these indicators separately, we can develop a holistic picture of how healthy or sick your mouth is—and where treatment might be needed most.

What is the procedure?

The system uses a saliva sample to analyze levels of seven different proteins found in saliva. High levels of these proteins are associated with inflammation in your mouth. Saliva testing measures 7 key analytes of oral wellness to quickly generate a multi-point analysis. With a quick swish of sterile water for only 10 seconds the results of the test will be available in as little as 5 minutes. By assessing each of these inflammatory markers separately, we can develop a holistic picture of how healthy or sick your mouth is—and where treatment might be needed most.

Using the salivary analysis, Dr. Grabiak is able to provide dental care that can lead to early treatment and/or prevention before oral disease is present. Oral health has been shown to be linked with cardiovascular health in both men and women – indicating improved heart function simply by maintaining optimal oral hygiene. SillHa saliva testing will provide you with a complete picture of your health.

What are the benefits?

SillHa saliva tests provide a user-friendly analysis of key biomarkers in as little as five minutes. This test will be used as an adjunct to traditional screening methods for comprehensive oral care. The proprietary algorithm used to generate the report allows Dr. Grabiak to quantify an array of factors that most dentists never consider.

The foundation of providing safe and personalized holistic care begins by getting to know you and your goals for your oral health and overall health, both short term and long term. Dr. Grabiak will then learn about your family’s dental and medical history, along with your dental and medical history. Afterwards, we begin your exam by taking a sample of your saliva (Sillha), checking for seven different biomarkers. That same day, we will send you home with a report showing how you scored in those different biomarker categories.

The head and neck examination is often overlooked by busy clinicians but it is as crucial as an element of the oral cancer examination. Dr. Grabiak begins his exam outside of the mouth by starting with a soft tissue check of the neck and the jaw. A thorough head and neck examination is essential for detecting early skin cancers, any overdeveloped jaw muscles that may be contributing towards bruxism, and enlarged lymph nodes that may indicate an active virus or infection.

After the extraoral exam, Dr. Grabiak begins his extensive intraoral exam. During Dr. Grabiak’s exam he is evaluating the teeth, uvula, mucosal tissues, tongue, floor of the mouth, hard and soft palate, and the oropharynx. Part of this exam includes taking high-definition photos of the mouth, all at different angles so you can see exactly what he is seeing. Our hygienist will then come in and complete a comprehensive periodontal assessment. In some cases, Dr. Grabiak and your hygienist may recommend additional testing to get to the root cause of the evidence of symptoms they are seeing in your mouth. This entire process takes roughly an hour. In some cases, depending on what Dr. Grabiak and your hygienist had found during their exam we will invite you back for a follow-up appointment called review of findings.

In preparation for the review of findings, Dr. Grabiak and your hygienist will take the time to evaluate all of the data that was collected from your examination and testing to determine your specific needs. At your review of findings appointment Dr. Grabiak will sit down with you one on one to review the data that was collected from your appointment, along with any recommendations. This allows you the time to ask Dr. Grabiak any questions that you may have about your treatment recommendations and expectations from treatment.

Jeromy Mulkey

Jeromy Mulkey

Operations Manager

Jeromy received his Bachelors of Science in Finance from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He moved to Colorado in 2015 from Hannibal, New York (a small town outside of Syracuse) and that is when his career in the dental field began. Jeromy started in corporate dental as a patient coordinator and quickly progressed to office manager and then running multiple specialty practices over the next 5 years. Holistic dentistry was an exciting new challenge and Jeromy couldn't be happier with his family at Denver Dentistry. Holistic dentistry was a breath of fresh air and gave a new excitement and passion for learning of all the new sciences and technologies the Denver Dentistry team has integrated into their practice. Jeromy currently lives in Sheridan and enjoys living close to the mountains. In his free time he enjoys spending time with family, snowboarding, playing soccer and basketball, camping, and hiking. Jeromy is passionate about delivering excellent customer service and assisting the team in bringing more smiles to satisfied patients.
Chelsea White

Jazmin Contreras

Dental Hygiene Assistant

In 2020 Jazmin graduated from Colorado Mesa University at the top of her class with a degree in Kinesiology. From a young age Jazmin knew she had a passion and interest in the medical field which led her to gain various experiences in the medical field. However, when she first came to Denver Dentistry, she fell in love with dentistry and knew this was her passion. Dr. Grabiak and his team offered a unique holistic approach to the field; something Jazmin has always been highly interested in. She quickly realized this is where she was meant to be and Denver Dentistry instantly felt like home. In her free time she and her fiance enjoy traveling and participating in outdoor activities like hiking, camping, and kayaking.
Chelsea White

Chelsea White

Lead EDDA

Chelsea is a born and raised Florida girl and has now been a Colorado resident for 5 years. She has loved dentistry for a long time, and couldn’t see herself in any other profession. Knowing her career path, she went to school at Central Florida Institute to become a dental assistant with an extended program. Graduated in 2012 as a Dental Assistant and as an EDDA, she looks forward to esthetics and happiness with patients. As someone who has been in the field for almost 10 years, she strives to work as a team to meet all expectations with the patient. In her free time she loves to hike, and explore the beautiful places Colorado has to offer.

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