1. 1. The effectiveness of wound licking with parotid, submandibular or sublingual saliva on wound healing was evaluated in selectively sialadenectomized rats. 2. 2. The rate of healing of experimentally induced cutaneous wounds was evaluated macroscopically by photography at 0, 2, 4 and 6 days after surgery. 3. 3. Sialadenectomy of all major glands significantly slowed down wound healing compared to Sham-operated controls. 4. 4. Parotid licking had no effect compared to controls; submandibular licking and sublingual licking appeared to be very effective. 5. 5. The results suggest that saliva promotes wound healing in experimentally induced cutaneous wounds by communal licking; this is a result of the submandibular and sublingual saliva and not the parotid saliva.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology -- Part A: Physiology|
|State||Published - 1 Jan 1991|
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