Salivary pellicles

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Publication BookChapter
Title Salivary pellicles
Author(s) Lindh, Liselott ; Aroonsang, Watcharapong ; Sotres, Javier ; Arnebrant, Thomas
Date 2014
Editor(s) Ligtenberg, AJM; Veerman, ECI
English abstract
The salivary pellicle is a thin acellular organic film that forms on any type of surface upon exposure to saliva. The role of the pellicle is manifold, and it plays an important role in the maintenance of oral health. Its functions include not only substratum protection and lubrication, but also remineralization and hydration. It also functions as a diffusion barrier and possesses buffering ability. Not only the function, but also the formation, composition and stability of the pellicle are known to be highly influenced by the physicochemical properties of both substrata and ambient media. In this chapter, we discuss these aspects of salivary pellicles, an area where research has boomed in the past years partly because of the application of experimental techniques often reserved for more traditional surface science studies.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1159/000358782 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Karger
Host/Issue Saliva : secretion and Functions
Series/Issue Monographs in Oral Science;
ISSN 1662-3843
ISBN 978-3-318-02595-8
978-3-318-02596-5
Pages 30-39
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Sciences
Research Subject Categories::NATURAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/17302 (link to this page)

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