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In Defense of the Oral Cavity: The Protective Role of the Salivary Secretions

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Saliva performs important protective roles in the oral cavity. Debate in the 1970s over the “specific” or “non-specific” action of salivary components has given way to current attempts to identify the full complement of all proteins in saliva that are now considered to act in concert. At the same time, more fundamental protective qualities of saliva*water and pH control*are receiving less attention. These qualities may be among saliva's most important. This presentation will review recent advances in the genomics and proteomics of saliva, as well as saliva's roles in tissue coating, alimentation, and regulation of the oral flora.
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Keywords: CARIES; MUCINS; SALIVA; SALIVARY PROTEINS; STATHERIN

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 March 2006

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  • Pediatric Dentistry is the official publication of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. It is published bi-monthly and is internationally recognized as the leading journal in the area of pediatric dentistry. The journal promotes the practice, education and research specifically related to the specialty of pediatric dentistry. This peer-reviewed journal features scientific articles, case reports and abstracts of current pediatric dental research.
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