Saliva: reflection of the body

Int J Infect Dis. 2010 Mar;14(3):e184-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ijid.2009.04.022. Epub 2009 Sep 1.


Saliva has become an important resource for evaluating physiological and pathological conditions in humans. The use of saliva has many advantages, including the simple and non-invasive method of collection and its easy, low-cost storage. With the addition of modern techniques and chemical instrumentation equipment, there has been an increase in its use for laboratory investigations, applicable for basic and clinical analyses in the fields of medicine and dentistry. The value of these methods for the diagnosis of oral and systemic diseases has been the subject of study by several researchers with the aim of increasing its use alongside complementary exams.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Autoimmune Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Clinical Laboratory Techniques
  • Communicable Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Diagnostic Techniques and Procedures
  • Hormones / analysis*
  • Humans
  • Mouth Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Saliva / chemistry*
  • Saliva / microbiology


  • Hormones