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The effect of desalivation upon pulpal function and dental caries in rats.

Authors
  • Steinman, R R
  • Leonora, J
  • Singh, R J
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of dental research
Publication Date
Feb 01, 1980
Volume
59
Issue
2
Pages
176–185
Identifiers
PMID: 6928003
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The role of pulp and saliva in caries susceptibility and resistance was evaluated using a combination of endodontic treatment and desalivation. Evidence was presented that the pulp plays a major role in caries susceptibility. It is suggested that pulpal function is modified by hormonal factor(s) originating from salivary glands. In the rat, saliva appears to play a minor role in resistance to caries.

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