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SAliva is a 6-7 on the pH scale you shold add that. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:37, 23 February 2012 (UTC)


Can someone not find a better picture that actually relates saliva to the human body, rather than some bubbly puddle of muck on the sidewalk? (talk) 21:15, 8 September 2011 (UTC)

Water in saliva?[edit]

In the first paragraph of the article, it states water makes up 99% of saliva, but in the Contents section it claims that figure is 98%. Can someone clarify this? (talk) 19:06, 6 October 2009 (UTC)

Emulsion or digestion of fats?[edit]

What part of the content of saliva emulsifies or digests fats, and which (emulsification/enzymatic digestion) does it do? I know that if I spit onto my fingers after eating oily foods like potato chips, I can wash them clean with water as if I had used soap. ~GMH 18:40, 15 August 2005 (UTC)


Saliva contains a lipase (an enzyme that digests fats) named lingual lipase. Although fat digestion is minimal in the mouth because the fat is not yet emulsified. Emulsification first occurs in the duodenum of the small intestine


Note: no Category yet... --katpatuka 08:29, 28 November 2005 (UTC)

Quoting from Britannica?[edit]

One part of the article currently says: "From Encyclopædia Britannica School Edition." Is this a paraphrase of something from Britannica? If it's a direct quote, is it a legal one? --Elysdir 23:28, 1 February 2006 (UTC)

     Does saliva have calories??(Extra credit project)  —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:53, 24 October 2007 (UTC) 


I was informed by my ENT attending that the average human produces a liter of saliva. Is there a source for the 700mL quantity?

It seems plausible to me that if the average human produces 1000mL, that -millions- of people would be producing in the 700mL range. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 17:06, 29 December 2006 (UTC).

The article flatly contradicts itself in two consecutive sentences. talks about the subject a little, but does not give an exact amount in a proper scientific fashion. Anyone want to fix it? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:10, 8 April 2008 (UTC)

What else produces saliva?[edit]

To quote:

In animals, saliva is produced in and secreted from the salivary glands. It is a fluid containing:

What Non-Animal produces Saliva? Do plants also produce saliva? If so is it still called Saliva? i dont think so maaanhink I heard that some insects produce saliva, but I'm not sure, and I'm having a hard time verifying that. Maybe you could help me check into that. --Kevin 22:42, 28 December 2006 (UTC)

See this section of the article on mosquitoes, for example. FJPB 16:22, 26 March 2007 (UTC)
I think it is just being clear that the scope of this article is restricted to animals precisely because only animals produce saliva. Would you rather have a sentence that says 'Only animals produce saliva because only animals produce a substance that meet the criteria below which are clearly oriented around determining which substances produced by animals are saliva?' —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:36, 25 March 2008 (UTC)

please help me:[edit]

What is the scientific name or term for Saliva..I must know for a big science project!


What about kisses or sex???, it plays a very important role....

What about diseases transmitted through Saliva?


I've added a bit about swift saliva, which doesn't sit all that easily with the primarily human focus of this article, but I don't know where else it can go. Jimfbleak 08:23, 23 October 2007 (UTC)


when I look up drivel it comes up saliva not mentaioning drivel can be used as another name for saliva Drivel also means nonsense but also no reference to this' —Preceding unsigned comment added by Marinalikas (talkcontribs) 23:00, 24 July 2008 (UTC)

buffering capacity?[edit]

I was under the impression that an important function of saliva is its buffering capacity. Could this be added to the article? Mba123 (talk) 19:45, 18 May 2009 (UTC)

Genetically modified saliva[edit]

Perhaps there should be additional information on the relatively new concept of genetically modified saliva, which has enthused scientists into solving some of the most ancient problems in dental medicine. [1] ADM (talk) 21:39, 16 December 2009 (UTC)

—Preceding unsigned comment added by Pixel Eater (talkcontribs) 19:43, 3 September 2010 (UTC)

Number of glands producing saliva[edit]

I was fascinated that someone thought only one of a total of three salivary glands is producing the saliva. Eeyore tim (talk) 05:53, 16 December 2010 (UTC)

First reference is broken[edit]

Can someone fix the first reference? It's broken for me; the first link just leads to a wiki page about a Med School of Georgia, and the second link leads to a "permission denied" page.

Is there a scientific paper that analyzes and quantifies the components of saliva?

Eleysanne (talk) 15:50, 20 January 2011 (UTC)

Sodium and Potassium[edit]

In the article it is mentioned, that saliva contains ~2-21 mmol/l sodium and ~10-36 mmol/l potassium.

I could not find any sources to back up these values, can anyone help me out here? Where do these come from? Any studies or books on this matter?

Thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:18, 3 December 2012 (UTC)


There is a large empty field between the end of Section 1.2 Disinfectants and the beginning of Section 1.3 Hormonal Function, at least on my Firefox 22.0 browser. Tried to backspace that empty field out but neither of my two tries would work. Could somebody with experience at editing Wikipedia pages take care of this? THUMOV (talk) 02:36, 19 July 2013 (UTC)

Fixed! Thanks for bringing it up :) —Epicurus B. (Not my talk page) 08:22, 19 July 2013 (UTC)