The glands that make saliva are called salivary glands. The salivary glands sit inside each cheek, at the bottom of your mouth, and near your front teeth by the jaw bone. Saliva moves through tubes called salivary ducts.
What foods increase saliva production?
Suck on sugar-free hard candies, ice chips, or sugar-free popsicles. Chew sugarless gum (gums containing the sugar xylitol). These sucking and chewing actions help stimulate saliva flow. Moisten foods with broths, soups, sauces, gravy, creams, and butter or margarine.
What is Saliva and where it is produced?
Produced in salivary glands, saliva is 98% water, but it contains many important substances, including electrolytes, mucus, antibacterial compounds and various enzymes. The digestive functions of saliva include moistening food, and helping to create a food bolus, so it can be swallowed easily.
What causes lack of saliva?
Salivary production can be decreased if a major salivary duct becomes blocked, such as from a salivary stone or infection. Other risk factors include stress, anxiety, and depression. Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease often lead to dehydration, making a person constantly at risk for dry mouth.