11 Facts About Saliva That Will Make You Love Your Spit

    They'll make your mouth water.

    1. You could potentially produce enough saliva to fill two bathtubs a year.

    2. Saliva protects teeth and gums and helps to lubricate the mouth.

    3. Saliva is essential to the breakdown of food.

    4. Food molecules must dissolve in saliva in order to be recognised by taste buds.

    5. Saliva helps wounds in the mouth heal faster than wounds elsewhere on the body.

    6. When you are nervous or frightened, saliva production is reduced.

    7. Saliva samples can be used to diagnose disease.

    8. You can get salivary gland stones similar to kidney stones.

    9. The current world record for the longest saliva stone is 37mm long.

    10. Saliva contains a natural pain killer.

    11. Chewing sugar-free gum increases saliva production and is good for your teeth.