Salivary calcium level during lactation


Aims: To determine the salivary calcium during lactation in females and compare with non–lactatingfemales. The saliva nowadays is considered as good source or media for estimation of several ions suchas calcium, magnesium, copper, zinc and even abused drug. Materials and Methods: Theunstimulated saliva was collected from sixty females, thirty lactating and the other thirty were non–lactating. Results: Salivary calcium ion concentration in non–lactating females was 5.021 + 0.1compared to 2.46 + 0.21 in lactating mothers that reflect a significant decline in calcium concentration(p < 0.001). Conclusion: This decline in calcium concentration reflected the importance of externalcalcium supplement during lactation