List the functions of saliva.


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.

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