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Conference Programme 2024


Unlocking the secrets of saliva

18 May 2024
Dental Hygienist & Therapist Symposium
Unlocking the secrets of saliva

The presence of saliva in the mouth is essential for oral health.  In addition to assisting speech and eating, saliva has many other functions including neutralisation of acid, control of the oral microbiome, remineralisation of enamel and facilitation of taste.  This presentation will describe where saliva comes from, what is in it, what are the causes of reduced production, what are the consequences of low salivary flow on oral health and what can be done to minimise the adverse impact.   

Mike Lewis, Emeritus Professor of Oral Medicine - Cardiff University