SALIVA-THE KEY REGULATOR OF ORAL CHANGES IN DIABETES PATIENTSAbstract
Saliva plays the most important role in the maintenance and preservation of the health of our oral cavity. In diabetes mellitus functions of salivary glands are impaired and as a consequence xerostomia develops. Hoposalivation leads to various oral mucosa alterations, ulcerations, taste alterations, burning mouth, dental decay, halitosis and various infections. All these alterations can compromise patient’s quality of life. Saliva can also be used as a diagnostic tool as well as marker for monitoring diabetes mellitus.