Saliva: Physiology and Diagnostic Potential in Health and Disease

  title={Saliva: Physiology and Diagnostic Potential in Health and Disease},
  author={Sebastien J. C. Farnaud and Ourania Kosti and Stephen J. Getting and Derek W. Renshaw},
Saliva has been described as the mirror of the body. In a world of soaring healthcare costs and an environment where rapid diagnosis may be critical to a positive patient outcome, saliva is emerging as a viable alternative to blood sampling. In this review, we discuss the composition and various physiological roles of saliva in the oral cavity, including soft tissue protection, antimicrobial activities, and oral tissue repair. We then explore saliva as a diagnostic marker of local oral disease… CONTINUE READING


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