May 1990

Use of the Saxon Test as a Measure of Saliva Production in a Reference Population of Schoolchildren

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Immunology-Allergology-Rheumatology, the University of Antwerp, Universitaire Instelling Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium (Drs Stevens and De Clerck and Mr Empsten), and the Center for School Health Care, Antwerp-Deurne, Belgium (Dr Swartele).

Am J Dis Child. 1990;144(5):570-571. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1990.02150290064029

• The Saxon test, a simple, reproducible, and low-cost technique to test for xerostomia in adults was applied to 347 schoolchildren who were free from any known disease. The values in children differed significantly from the values in adults and increased slightly with age. The test can easily be performed on samples kept for 8 days at 4°C or at room temperature.

(AJDC. 1990;144:570-571)