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Common Diseases Spread By Saliva
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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