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Mommy, kiss it and make it well: saliva reconsidered-some reflections on alloantisepsis.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Perspectives in biology and medicine
Publication Date
Volume
55
Issue
2
Pages
183–185
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1353/pbm.2012.0020
PMID: 22643756
Source
Medline
License
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Abstract

Human saliva is a two-edged sword. The mouth can infect, and it can also heal. Saliva is a component of the immune system. Many antibacterial factors as well as digestive enzymes are present in sputum, and oxidizing agents abet oral defense mechanisms. The biological equilibrium of the mouth enhances its antimicrobial environment. Saliva cleans the wound by lavage, promoting healing while protecting injured tissues. Awareness of both the adverse and salubrious effects of sputum should inform the treatment of wounds with oral contact.

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