The functions of human saliva: A review sponsored by the World Workshop on Oral Medicine VI.

@article{Dawes2015TheFO,
  title={The functions of human saliva: A review sponsored by the World Workshop on Oral Medicine VI.},
  author={Colin Dawes and Anne Marie Lynge Pedersen and Alessandro Villa and J{\"o}rgen Ekstr{\"o}m and Gordon B Proctor and A Vissink and Doron Jaacob Aframian and Richard McGowan and Ardita Aliko and Nagamani Narayana and Ying Wai Sia and Revan Joshi and Siri Beier Jensen and Alexander Ross Kerr and Andy Wolff},
  journal={Archives of oral biology},
  year={2015},
  volume={60 6},
  pages={863-74}
}
This narrative review of the functions of saliva was conducted in the PubMed, Embase and Web of Science databases. Additional references relevant to the topic were used, as our key words did not generate references which covered all known functions of saliva. These functions include maintaining a moist oral mucosa which is less susceptible to abrasion, and removal of micro-organisms, desquamated epithelial cells, leucocytes and food debris by swallowing. The mucins form a slimy coating on all… CONTINUE READING