Saliva Protection and Transmissible Diseases - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128136812, 9780128136829

Saliva Protection and Transmissible Diseases

1st Edition

eBook ISBN: 9780128136829
Paperback ISBN: 9780128136812
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 21st July 2017
Page Count: 122
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Saliva Protection and Transmissible Diseases provides a review of saliva protection, raising debate on micro-organisms potentially transmissible in saliva, and also considering the evidence on diseases that may be transmitted by kissing. Saliva is a complex body fluid essential to health, especially mastication, swallowing and speech, and hyposalivation can lead to dysfunction and even infection. More serious pathogens, such as herpes viruses and papillomaviruses can be conveyed by kissing, as can potentially lethal micro-organisms present in some saliva, such as meningococci, fungal organisms and Ebola viruses.

Key Features

  • Stipulates the defensive roles of saliva, an important topic not previously reviewed in-depth in literature
  • Provides awareness that saliva also transmits infectious agents that can produce serious or even lethal diseases
  • Gives understanding that kissing may be an at-risk practice


Microbiologists, immunologists, virologists, researchers in dentistry, professionals in biomedical research

Table of Contents

1. Pathophysiology of saliva and the paradoxal protective role of saliva
2. Oral bacteria transmissible by saliva and kissing
3. Systemic bacteria transmissible by kissing
4. Viral diseases transmissible by kissing
5. Fungi, protozoa and other infective agents transmissible by kissing


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