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5 Facts you May Not Know about Saliva

Here are some facts that you may not know.

  1. Saliva not only lubricates the mouth, it also helps protect teeth and gums.
  2. The salivary glands in our mouth produce on average a quart of liquid a day. That’s enough to fill two medium-size bathtubs a year!
  3. Food molecules must dissolve in saliva to be recognized by taste buds.
  4. Saliva production can decrease if you get nervous or frightened, take specific medications, or have certain medical conditions.
  5. Saliva helps wounds in the mouth heal faster in comparison with wounds elsewhere on the body.
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