Saliva helps break down food and it preps your stomach for easy digestion. It also lubricates your esophagus, making swallowing food much easier. Saliva also has the ability to kill bacteria in your mouth, as it flushes out food debris that could otherwise threaten your teeth with decay.
Maintain a healthy level of saliva by practicing good oral hygiene. Chewing on sugar-free gum or sucking on sugar-free candies can also help your body increase its production of saliva.
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