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How Saliva Saves

Mouth maintenance aka dental hygiene is very important; regular brushing, flossing, rinsing and visiting your dental professional for check ups and cleanings is crucial.

The cleaner you keep your mouth, the more saliva will be produced which is also a great way to help keep your teeth and gums clean.

“Saliva found to have properties that help speed up the healing process,” reports the Mail Online. Researchers in Chile investigated how human saliva may help wounds to heal more efficiently.

They used lab-grown skin cells and fertilised chicken eggs to see how a protein found in saliva, histatin-1, affects the way cells grow, spread and create new blood vessels. They found it encouraged cells to spread and move in a way that promoted the formation of blood vessels (a process called angiogenesis), which aids wound healing in skin.

The experiments help us to understand why wounds in the mouth heal faster, but we don’t know that saliva would encourage wound healing on other parts of the body.” (source: nhs.uk)

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