Salivary pellicle | definition of salivary pellicle by Medical dictionary
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The thin layer of salivary proteins and glycoproteins that quickly adhere to the tooth surface after the tooth has been cleaned; this amorphous, bacteria-free layer may serve as an attachment medium for bacteria, which in turn form plaque.
sal·i·var·y pel·li·cle (sali-var-ē peli-kĕl)
Thin nonbacterial salivary film that quickly forms after teeth are cleaned; covers teeth and serves as a medium for plaque formation.
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Burke, Effect of salivary pellicle
on enamel subsurface demineralization in vivo, J.
Adsorption from black tea and red wine onto in vitro salivary pellicles
studied by el-lipsometry.
Chitosans adsorb well to salivary pellicles
and create a positively charged and more hydrophobic pellicle surface .The positively charged amino groups in chitosan interact with negatively charged microbial cell surfaces and which results in the loss of barrier function of the microbial cell wall [37,38] and the leakage of proteinaceous and other intracellular material .