Concentration of bacteria in saliva

Value 1e+9 bacteria/ml
Organism Human Homo sapiens
Reference Berg RD. The indigenous gastrointestinal microflora. Trends Microbiol. 1996 Nov4(11):430-5. p.431 right column 2nd paragraphPubMed ID8950812
Comments Saliva contains transient bacteria (10^9 bacteria/ml) shed from oral surfaces, such as the tongue and cheeks. See A. Lidbeck and C. E. Nord, Lactobacilli, Normal Human Microflora and Antimicrobial Treatment, chapter 6 in Human Health: The Contribution of Microorganisms, Edited by S. A. W. Gibson, Springer-Verlag 1994 link , p.95 bottom paragraph: "The number of bacteria in saliva is 10^8 to 10^9 colony-forming units (CFU)/ml, and more than 300 different species have been isolated."
Entered by Uri M
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