Saliva and dental caries: diagnostic tests for normal dental practice.

  title={Saliva and dental caries: diagnostic tests for normal dental practice.},
  author={Markku Larmas},
  journal={International dental journal},
  volume={42 4},
Salivary diagnostics is now entering the surgery of the modern dentist, although no test yet available is so specific and sensitive that caries can be diagnosed from saliva samples only. The present tests are useful for estimating the caries activity due to bad dietary habits (salivary lactobacilli), establishing the presence of infection (salivary mutans streptococci), and identification of salivary yeasts for the determination of the medical condition of the patient. Buffer capacity reveals… CONTINUE READING

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