The Functions of Saliva

  title={The Functions of Saliva},
  author={Irwin D. Mandel},
  journal={Journal of Dental Research},
  pages={623 - 627}
  • I. Mandel
  • Published 1 February 1987
  • Medicine
  • Journal of Dental Research
Nature's demands on salivary glands are extensive and diverse and range from the reptilian need for a venomous drop to incapacitate its prey to the 100 quarts that ruminants require to digest a day's grazing. Other species depend on saliva not for survival, but for improving the quality of life, using the fluid for functions varying from grooming and cleansing to nest-building. Humans can manage without saliva; its loss is not life-threatening in any immediate sense, but it results in a variety… 

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