Saliva is something that we all don’t pay very much attention to, that is unless it’s flying out of someone’s mouth! But this essential fluid deserves more time in the limelight. After all, it kills bacteria, protects our teeth against decay, helps us speak and swallow, and contains all sorts of information about us- and that’s only to name a few! There is plenty more fascinating trivia about this essential bodily fluid that will lead to a greater appreciation for spit, spittle, slobber, or drool. Read on to learn how saliva does a body good!
You could produce enough saliva in a year to fill two bathtubs.
Production varies considerably from person to person, but on average most people produce 0.7 liters of saliva per day which is enough to fill two medium sized bathtubs a year.
It protects teeth and gums and helps to lubricate the mouth.
Saliva is an integral part of your oral health. It helps to kill bacteria, fight infection and prevent tooth decay.
Saliva helps break down food before it even enters the stomach
It helps to moisten food so it can be swallowed easily. It also contains the enzyme amylase that breaks some starches down into maltose and dextrin.
This necessary secretion helps wounds in the mouth heal faster than wounds elsewhere on the body.
Saliva is filled with a protein called histatin that is a known as an antibacterial agent.
It is the mouths primary defense against tooth decay.
Decay result from bacteria in plaque that generate acids, which attack tooth minerals. The buffering systems of saliva help counteract this acid formation. The watery flow helps wash away the sugars and food particles that, when broken down, also produce tooth-damaging acids.
The watery liquid secreted by your salivary glands contains natural painkillers.
Your saliva is rich with a substance called opiorphin: a painkiller six times more powerful than morphine.
It can reveal your age.
The DNA in our spittle changes over time. As we age, our DNA undergoes a process called methylation. This chemical process activates certain genes and shuts others off, based on environmental factors. By focusing on two genes most affected by the change, scientists can detect a person’s age to within five years.
Parents have super spit.
Researchers believe when parents orally clean pacifiers, they’re transferring some of their own harmless bacteria into the baby’s mouth
Saliva effects your health every moment of every day. To maintain the health of your mouth, make sure to visit your dentist. Dentists are involved with aspects of salivary gland function and saliva production, such as diagnosing problems, management, and treatment.