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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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Can you get diseases from saliva? Should I wear gloves when I give oral drug tests at my work?

Can you get diseases from saliva? Should I wear gloves when I give oral drug tests at my work?

Yes and yes: Yes there are many diseases and illnesses that can be passed via saliva. It is standard of practice to wash hands and wear gloves in medical field especially when interacting with mucous membranes. ...Read more

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Is it common to have excess saliva from wearing braces?

Is it common to have excess saliva from wearing braces?

Yes: Any time something is put into our mouths the body responds with producing more saliva thinking it is food. This is an automatic response. However after a period of time the production of saliva should return to normal. ...Read more

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What viruses/bacteria can be spread by saliva?

What viruses/bacteria can be spread by saliva?

Saliva: Can spread epstein-barr virus, rabies virus, herpes simplex, and bacteria such as eichinella corrodes and mouth anaerobes such as fusobacterium necrophorum. ...Read more

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Can i get bloodborne diseases from saliva?

Maybe...: If the infected saliva somehow gets into your blood stream. That's how rabies, amongst other diseases are spread. ...Read more

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Is it common to have a lot of saliva if you have the common cold?

Is it common to have a lot of saliva if you have the common cold?

Yes: An assortment of health conditions can also cause a temporary over-production of saliva. For example, tonsillitis can cause an increased saliva production which stops when the tonsils are surgically taken out. Respiratory infections or an infection of certain glands can also result in excessive saliva. A common cold, strep throat and infectious mononucleosis are three common examples. ...Read more

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Can heliobacter be spread through saliva on lips?

Can heliobacter be spread through saliva on lips?

It can: ...H. Pylori transmits from person to person and some of the transmission is probably oral-oral. ...Read more

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Can STDs be spread through saliva?

Can STDs be spread through saliva?

STDs: Yes. Herpes, hpv and syphilis. Possible, but less likely, gonorrhea and chlamydia. Remember there are twelve common stds. It is worth the few minutes it takes to learn them and how to prevent them. ...Read more

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What diseases or herbal supplements would cause a person to have no saliva?

What diseases or herbal supplements would cause a person to have no saliva?

No saliva?: The question is very broad. There are many causes of dry mouth. A dry mouth will make you more prone to cavities and gum problems. Therefore i would suggest you speak to your physician regarding this issue. A nutritionist would be the best one to ask regarding herbal supplements. Also see your dentist for a complete check-up.. ...Read more

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