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5 Things you didn’t know about saliva

Much is talked about dental hygiene, how to take care of teeth and tongue, it is advisable to visit the dentist twice a year or the necessary treatments to have the smile you always dreamed, but it is very rare, or little mentioned, to hear that someone talks about saliva.

So we have decided to talk about one of the less popular body fluids, so you can discover things that you may have asked yourself but you could never give an explanation.

  1. Saliva is the key to our nutrition.
    99% of our saliva is made up of water. But hormones such as testosterone, cortisol and melatonins are also found.
    This composition helps us to soften the food so that we can chew and digest it easily, without it, it would be almost impossible to chew and swallow food.
  2. We produce enough saliva to fill 2 bathtubs per year.
    People produce between one and two liters daily. This volume is approximately the same as the fluid that the body loses through urine each day.
  3. If you notice that your mouth is always dry, you may be suffering from xerostomia.
    It is usually a symptom of dehydration from excessive intake of salt or alcohol, or from heat. It is also a way for the body to point out that you are stressed and that you need to calm down. Or it can be a symptom of the consumption of illegal drugs like marijuana, cocaine or methamphetamine.
  4. Chewing gum without sugar increases the production of saliva.
    When you chew gum, you cheat your brain by making it believe that you are consuming some type of food, which sends a signal to your salivary glands to increase production. More saliva means more protection for your mouth and your teeth.
  5. Saliva can be used to detect diseases.
    By focusing on specific proteins in your saliva, doctors can find out, for example, if you suffer from some type of heart disease, and even if you have used some type of drug.

If you have any doubts about our dental health, we offer you the possibility to go to a first consultation of free valuation. We invite you to call toll free from USA and Canada 1-800-565-1424 and tell us your doubts or if you are already on vacation in Puerto Morelos and want to meet us, or if you have a dental emergency during your vacations you can call us at the following local number (998) 1-40-51-25.

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