Effect of Consuming Papaya Fruit (Carica papaya) on pH Saliva in Students Class X and XI Madrasah Aliyah (MA) Puteri Al-Amin Martapura, Indonesia
Saliva becomes one of the components that affect the process of caries because saliva always wets the teeth so it affects the environment in the oral cavity. The role of saliva in the caries process is related to the demineralization and remineralization of hard tissue teeth or emails. Eating fibrous foods has many benefits because the process of chewing fibrous foods will stimulate saliva production and have a self-cleaning effect on the mouth. Papaya has a high-water content and fiber so consuming papaya is expected to change the pH of saliva. This study aims to find out the influence of consuming papaya fruit on pH saliva in students of grades X and XI Madrasah Aliyah (MA) Puteri Al-Amin Martapura. This type of research is pseudo-experimental research with the design of one group pretest post-test. Sampling with Total Sampling technique of 41 people. Analyze data with Paired T-Test. The result of the analysis with Paired T-Test test is ? = 0.003 with a value of 0.05 (? < ?) which means there is an influence of consuming papaya fruit on pH saliva. In this study, it can be concluded that there is an influence of consuming papaya fruit on pH saliva in students of grades X and XI Madrasah Aliyah (MA) Puteri Al-Amin Martapura. It is recommended to consume fibrous and juicy fruits, especially papaya because papaya can neutralize the pH of saliva.
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