The main function of saliva is to help in digestion of food, by creating a bolus and moistening the food. This lubricated bolus of food can now easily pass from our mouths into our esophagus, on its way into our stomachs. Saliva also contains an enzyme (amylase) that breaks down starch into a simple sugar.
Saliva is made up of 99.5% water and .5% of misc. other “stuff” (antibacterials, enzymes, mucus, electrolytes, glyco-proteins etc.)
If you do not have enough saliva, you may be prone to cavities and other diseases. If you have any concerns, please contact Jay M. Marks, DMD for a complimentary consultation.
THE AVERAGE PERSON, IN THEIR LIFETIME, PRODUCES OVER 7,000 GALLONS OF SALIVA – WHICH IS APPOXIMATELY ENOUGH LIQUID TO FILL A MEDIUM SIZED SWIMMING POOL!