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Composition of saliva

Composition of saliva

Composition of saliva The composition of saliva is subject to individual variation. It consists of 99.5% water and 0.5% dissolved substances that are made up of: ■ Salivary proteins. These include: Glycoproteins (mucoids): lubricate oral tissues; the acquired pellicle provides tooth protection. Enzyme amylase: converts starch to maltose. Lactoferrins: ferric iron is an essential microbial […]

December 20, 2011 | By | Reply More
Salivary Glands and their location

Salivary Glands and their location

Salivary Glands and their location The three major pairs of salivary glands are the parotid glands, the submandibular glands, and the sublingual glands. They empty their secretions (saliva) into the oral cavity. The functions of saliva are cleansing, lubricating, promoting taste, and converting starches into simple sugar. The consistency, chemical composition, and rate of flow […]

September 27, 2011 | By | Reply More
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