Saliva is Awesome!
Function of the saliva
1. Chemical digestion: breaks down starch by the function of “salivary amylase”
2. Helps chewing and swallowing
3. Lubricating effect: moisturizes the inside of the mouth and creates smoother speech
4. Solvent effect: dissolves food and allows the tongue to taste food
5. Cleaning effect: washes away food debris and bacteria remaining in the mouth
6. Antibacterial effect: Lysozyme, peroxidase and lactoferrin fight against pathogenic microorganisms
7. pH buffering effect: Prevents sudden changes in pH
8. Supplies minerals, including calcium and phosphorus, to teeth



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