Saliva plays an important role in the process of digestion. Digestion is initiated in the presence of saliva. Saliva starts the digestive process in the mouth. Saliva is a food material that mixes with food in the mouth during chewing by teeth. It acts as a digestive juice and softens the food, allowing for an easier digestion process. Salivary glands produce this substance. It plays a vital role in lubricating our mouth.
Functions of Saliva
The following are a few functions of Saliva:
- Saliva helps in maintaining water balance in the body.
- It forms a bolus of food.
- Destroys germs to prevent tooth decay.