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Saliva: A clear lubricating fluid in the mouth containing water, enzymes, bacteria, mucus, viruses, blood cells and undigested food particles.
Saliva Ejector: A suction tube placed in the mouth to remove saliva.
Salivary Glands: The glands located under the tongue and in cheeks that produce saliva.
Scaling and Root Planing (SRP): The meticulous removal of plaque and calculus from tooth surfaces.
Sealants: Thin resin material bonded in the pits and fissures of back teeth for the prevention of decay.
Secondary Dentin: Reparative tooth structure produced by the pulp in response to tooth irritation.
Sinusitis: Infammation of the sinus that may mimic dental pain.
Sleep Apnea: The periodic interruption or delay in breathing during sleep.
Space Maintainer: A dental device that holds the space lost through premature loss of baby teeth.
Splint: The connection of two or more teeth so that they function as a stronger single structure.
Supernumerary Tooth: An extra tooth.