These produce the clear liquid that is released into the mouth (saliva, or spit). There are three pairs of major salivary glands and many minor glands. Saliva lubricates the mouth and starts the breakdown of chewed food. It is made up of water, enzymes, mucin and protein.
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Research has proven that chewing sugarfree gum like Orbit stimulates the production of saliva by up to 10 times the normal unstimulated rate.*
*DAWES, C.; MACPHERSON, LMD. (1992): Effects of Nine Different
Chewing-Gums and Lozenges on Salivary Flow Rate and pH, Caries Res.,
*SHANNON, L.L.; FROME,W.J. (1973): Enhancement of Salivary Flow Rate and Buffering Capacity, J. Canad. Dent.Assn. 3:177-181.
*ROSENHEK, M.; DAWES, C.; MACPHERSON, L.M.D. (1992):The Effects of Chewing Gum and Gum-base Stick Size on Salivary Flow Rate, J. Dent. Res.,Vol. 71,Abstract #608.