Saliva lubricates food, helps with digestion and helps our mouth cavity and teeth from bacterial infections. Do you know where this useful saliva produced? Do you know how much saliva you produce each day?
The saliva is produced mainly from three salivary glands on the inside of our cheeks, at the bottom of our mouth and under the jaw at the front our mouth. Saliva is made up by mostly water (98%) with electrolytes, enzymes and cells.
Every day, about 1 to 2 litres of saliva is produced. That’s a large amount! When we smell the aroma of delicious food, our drooling sensation increases as we are stimulated and prepare for ingestion. With the help of saliva, dry snacks can slide down easily into our stomach. When mixed with the bites of food, saliva starts to work and break down the food into smaller components.
Saliva is also secreted regularly to keep our mouth moistened and protects our teeth with antibacterial compounds. However, it is also important that we brush our teeth regularly after eating or drinking sugary liquids to prevent tooth decay, as saliva does not clean your teeth or remove the chunks of food hidden between the gap of your teeth.