Clin Dermatol 2017 Sep - Oct;35(5):477-483. Epub 2017 Jun 27.
Department of Dermatology, University of California, Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento, CA. Electronic address:
Although the surfaces of both the skin and oral mucosa are protected by squamous epithelial cells and fall within the scope of dermatologic practice, the oral cavity contains highly specialized structures and functions distinct from other skin biology and pathologic conditions and are also the purview of clinicians who care for patients with skin and mucosal diseases. We describe the distinct features of the tongue, mucosa, and salivary glands. In particular, we examine the composition and function of the saliva, with special focus on salivary biomarkers. Read More