How Much Do You Know About Spit?
Your mouth makes 1,4l of saliva make every day?
Glands in your mouth are busy oozing spit all day long. They’re on the inside of each check, on the bottom of your mouth, and under your jaw.
You need spit to taste food.
Without the slippery stuff in your mouth, you couldn’t enjoy the sweetness of strawberries or the tartness of lemonade. A dry tongue can’t taste food. It needs saliva.
Spit cleans the inside of your mouth.
Saliva does a lot of things. It makes food easier to swallow and helps you digest it. It also rinses your teeth and cleans your mouth. Keep brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash, though. Spit isn’t enough to keep your mouth healthy.
Nearly all of your spit is made of water.
More than 99% of saliva is water. The rest of it is minerals, proteins, and other things that help your mouth fight off infections and stay healthy.
Drooling a little in your sleep is normal.
Have you ever woken up in a pool of drool? Relax, it’s pretty common. Here’s why: Saliva keeps your mouth wet, but you also swallow a lot. The spit goes into your stomach. At night, the part of your body that controls swallowing slows down a little. Your spittle can end up on your pillow.
Your mouth makes more spit when you chew gum.
Want to do something good for your pearly whites? Try sugarless gum. When you chew, your mouth makes more saliva. That helps wash away acids that can cause decay and other problems with your teeth.
If you cut your finger, it’s NOT OK to lick your wound.
Your mouth isn’t as clean as you may think. It has lots of bacteria that aren’t on your skin. If you cut your finger on a kitchen knife, use water to clean it. You could get an infection if bacteria from your mouth gets into a cut.
If your mouth is dry, you can buy fake spit.
Does your mouth feel like a cotton ball all the time? You may not make enough saliva. Dry mouth can be painful and can cause bad breath. Artificial saliva, which you can get at the pharmacy, can help. It won’t cure your dry mouth, but it might make you feel better.
Botox can help people who drool too much.
People with Parkinson’s disease, ALS, or other conditions can have problems with drooling. Doctors sometimes inject Botox into their salivary glands. The effects can last 2 to 3 months.