The rôle of saliva in maintaining oral health and as an aid to diagnosis.

  title={The r{\^o}le of saliva in maintaining oral health and as an aid to diagnosis.},
  author={Carmen Llena-Puy},
  journal={Medicina oral, patologia oral y cirugia bucal},
  volume={11 5},
Saliva is a complex secretion. 93% by volume is secreted by the major salivary glands and the remaining 7% by the minor glands. 99% of saliva is water and the other 1% is composed of organic and inorganic molecules. While the quantity of saliva is important, so is its quality. The components of saliva, its functions in maintaining oral health and the main factors that cause alterations in salivary secretion will be reviewed, the importance of saliva in caries development and bacterial plaque… CONTINUE READING
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