What is Saliva and Why do I Need It?

What is Saliva?

Saliva is an important part of a healthy body. It is mostly made of water. But saliva also contains important substances that your body needs to digest food and keep your teeth strong. … Has proteins and minerals that protect tooth enamel and prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

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What does saliva do?

The digestive functions of saliva include moistening food, and helping to create a food bolus, so it can be swallowed easily.

Saliva contains the enzyme amylase that breaks some starches down into maltose and dextrin.

Thus, digestion of food occurs within the mouth, even before food reaches the stomach.

Saliva is important because it:

  • Keeps your mouth moist and comfortable
  • Helps you chew, taste, and swallow
  • Fights germs in your mouth and prevents bad breath
  • Has proteins and minerals that protect tooth enamel and prevent tooth decay and gum disease
  • Helps keep dentures securely in place

Did you know…

Normally, the body makes up to 2 to 4 pints of saliva a day. Usually, the body makes the most saliva in the late afternoon. It makes the least amount at night.

Question: How much water or liquid do you think you drink everyday? Please leave your comment below.

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