What if I am having a hard time collecting enough saliva?

Joseph Esposito -

The following are recommendations if you are having a hard time collecting saliva:

  • Drink more water the night before you decide to start the collection

  • Smelling foods (such as a lemon) can help initiate salivation

  • Pool saliva in your mouth before collecting. If you collect too often, you will create excess bubbles in the sample. If the sample has too many bubbles, then cap the tube and tape it on a hard surface to dissipate the bubbles into the liquid saliva

  • Chewing gum is not recommended since it can contaminate the sample
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