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Why Do We Have Saliva
Many reasons: Saliva keeps your mouth moist, helps tongue function & starts the digestion process with an enzyme called amylase. Saliva antibodies & proteins are helpful in reducing dental bacteria & bacterial infections & also acts as a buffering agent which helps protect against the acid which would otherwise damage tooth enamel and lead to decay and tooth loss. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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