Journal article

Comparative analysis of three commercial saliva testing kits with a standard saliva buffering test

Y Kitasako, MF Burrow, M Stacey, L Huq, EC Reynolds, J Tagami

AUSTRALIAN DENTAL JOURNAL | WILEY | Published : 2008

Abstract

BACKGROUND: In 1959, Ericsson developed a laboratory buffer capacity test. Because the Ericsson test is not practical for use as a chair-side test, commercially available saliva buffering capacity tests have been developed for use in the dental office. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the correlation between a modified Ericsson test and three commercially available quantitative and colourimetric tests. METHODS: Stimulated saliva (by chewing paraffin wax) was collected from 113 patients. Individual saliva buffering capacity was assessed with the following four different methods: modified Ericsson test; quantitative test using a hand-held pH meter; paper strip; or liquid colourimetric..

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