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Saliva (Definition)

The clear, viscous fluid secreted by the salivary and mucous glands in the mouth. Saliva contains water, mucin, organic salts, and the digestive enzyme ptyalin. It serves to moisten the oral cavity, to initiate the digestion of starches, and to aid in the chewing and swallowing of food. Approximately 1 to 1.5 l ...Read more


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What's the difference between artificial and real saliva?

One is in a bottle: Artificial saliva is a mixture that is thick enough to coat your mouth & stop it from drying out for a while. People with dry mouth need it. It does not have many of the cavity fighting stuff real saliva has, but may have others. ...Read more

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Reasobs for excess saliva?

Excess saliva: Excess saliva, usually with drooling, is not very common in young people, but becomes more common in older folks. It can be caused by discoordination in the pharynx (not swallowing saliva), medications that stimulate salivary glands, conditions that stimulate the GI tract (vomiting, severe heartburn, esophageal spasm), and in older people, weakness of the oral muscles & lips, which leads to leakag. ...Read more

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What causes a brown saliva?

Mouth bleed: Blood can give your saliva a brown or red tinge to it if you have an active or slow bleed. See dentist or primary doctor to full examination. ...Read more

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What can cause excess saliva?

Organophosphates: Pesticides, herbicides and nerve gases used in chemical warfare and terrorism attacks. ...Read more

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Why do I have so much saliva?

Hormones: The hormones of pregnancy do cause hypersalivation for some women. It is a hard problem to address. There really are not medications you can take to decrease it. ...Read more

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Where does saliva come from ?

Saliva glands: Saliva is a complex fluid that is a lubricant, a buffering agent and anti bacterial, among its many functions. We all need lots of it. It is secreted by large glands in the cheeks and under the tongue, emptying into the mouth via large ducts, as well as by many tiny glands located throughout the mouth. ...Read more

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How to stop saliva production ?

You shouldn't.: Saliva is necessary for good oral health and aids digestion. If you think you're salivating too much, contact your doctor to discuss it. ...Read more

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Can someone survive without saliva?

No: Saliva is definitely needed for the general health of teeth , gums , tongue and oral tissues in general. If you have a dry mouth there are several products on the market for that like biotene and aim artificial saliva ...Read more

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