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However, we found no evidence of replicating virus in the saliva samples (8,9); neutralizing antibodies or salivary components may have inactivated the virus.
Studies are now also being done to correlate tests done for cardiovascular disease and salivary components in their relationship to periodontal disease.
Of particular interest is measuring the rate at which the body metabolizes fructose, glucose, and other simple sugars in food and parcels them out as building blocks for salivary components, especially mucins and other glycoproteins.