Human Whole Saliva Volume, Sodium, and Potassium under Prolonged Masticatory Stimulation,
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Twelve healthy male subjects were stimulated with three rubber bands over a three-hour period and 36 consecutive five-minute whole saliva samples were collected. Flame photometric determinations of sodium and potassium were carried out, the ratio ot these two variables, NaK, was calculated and statistical analyses were performed on the data. By collecting and analyzing 40 consecutive small samples from individuals, it was shown that the electrolytes, sodium, potassium, and chloride, are not elaborated through the parotid gland in a constant fashion but that, rather, there is a great variation in concentration of these variables between consecutive samples.
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