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Saliva:
clear lubricating fluid in the mouth containing water, enzymes, bacteria, mucus, viruses, blood cells and undigested food particles

Saliva ejector:
suction tube placed in the mouth to remove saliva

Salivary glands:
located under tongue and in cheeks, produce saliva

Scaling and root planing:
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

Sequstrum:
loosened spicule of bone pushed to the surface

Sinusitis:
infammation of the sinus that may mimc dental pain

Sleep apnea:
the periodic interruption or delay in breathing during sleep

Space maintainer:
dental device that holds the space lost through premature loss of baby teeth

Splint:
connection of two or more teeth so they function as a stronger single structure

Supernumerary tooth:
extra tooth

Suppuration:
bacterial contamination of tissue exudate; pus