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Saliva: A mirror to health

Kavyashree Lokesh, Jayanthi K

Abstract


Salivary composition enables it to fulfill multiple tasks, which is based both on components that originate in the oral, oropharyngeal mucosa and as secretions from the salivary glands themselves, as well as serum derivatives. Accordingly, salivary analysis facilitates the evaluation of both local and systemic changes in the body. Salivary analysis may also be used in order to examine specific disease-related alterations such as epithelial tumor markers, which is shown to be significantly increased in the saliva of oral squamous cell carcinoma. Similarly, patient’s salivary components are representative of its composition under physiological or pathological conditions, and these components that may be altered in several oral and systemic conditions, aid in the further understanding of the relationship between saliva and the disease pathogenesis, as well as its contribution to its diagnosis.

Keywords


Antimicrobial; tumor marker; stimulated saliva; whole saliva

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