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 Need to do root canal. Dont have the money. What are my options?
I am having pain in one of my tooth and need to get root canal done which will cost something like $700. I don’t have that much money....
I am an international student at a US university and ...


 What is it like to have your wisdom teeth pulled?
Actual process and recovery....


 Can i still get braces if i dont need em.?
it's this thing at our school.
braces.
but what if i dont need em.
can the denist still put them on me.?...


 Am I too old for Braces?
I'm 22 and I am ready to get my teeth straightened but I'm a little bit insecure about braces. I wasn't fortunate enough to get them when I was ...


 Can you brush your teeth too long?
My friend brushes his teeth 2-3 times a day (sometimes more but never less). He uses a Philips Sonicare toothbrush which is supposed to be gentle on teeth. He also grinds his teeth in his sleep, and ...


 I just got my tounge pierced?
2 days ago and i know i cant eat but ive aten everything so far and today all of my front rart of my tounge hurts is that ...


 How can one get whiter theet?
my teeth are in good shape but the only problem is that they are not completely white.of course not yellow but cream.how can I make them look whiter to have a nicer smile?I've heard that ...


 Cure for a toothache?
Does anyone out there have a quick home remede for a toothache? I can't get in to the dentist for a couple days, Ambesol isn't working tylenol isn't either. HELP!! P...


 After a tooth extraction are you supposed to gargle with table salt or Epsom salt?
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 My sister is only 13 yeas old and her teeth are yellow.. help.?
Is that normal? To be only 13 with yellow teeth? What should she do about? I'd reccomend for her to do anything that doesnt reccomend her going to the dentist because that'll be kinda ...


 When was the last time you were at the dentist?
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 KISSING with BRACES?
ha. well, my mate has just got braces and has also just got her first boyfriend. she wonders if its safe to kiss him with braces on. I wonder too. plz anwser for her sake ...


 When you get a baby tooth pulled out, can it grow back?
me and my boyfriend are arguing about this b/c i know they dont grow back haha!...


 My boyfriend got kicked in the mouth and is now having severe pain in his gums. He has tried oral gel.?
My boyfriend got kicked in the mouth and is now having severe pain in his gums. He has tried oral gel. Didn't work. What else can we do?...


 Popcorn is the worst food you can eat,for your teeth?
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 Help! i'm scared to get a tooth extraction, because of the needle involved?
it will hurtttttt!!!! =[ please give me some ...


 Where can i get something to clean my tongue. is there a tongue scrapper you can get?
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 Wisdom tooth... To pull or not to pull?
Some people tell me to leave it, some tell me to pull it. In what case do you extract your windom tooth(s)?...


 How many teeth would you prefer?
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 When i touch my gums they bleed very easy, how can i stop this??
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Kristin S
Is there acid in saliva?
My father and brother have been debating this. What's the answer? What is saliva made of?
                     




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no


I have found Jesus
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Good question..I think its a possiblity. I think that if you are trying to get the cold out of your system, you might spit up some.


Stephen J
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Saliva is made up of enzymes which break down food. There is no need for acid in the saliva. There is acid in your stomach which helps to break down food, but your stomach is specialy designed to support this environment.


CandyApple
No acid is found only in the stomach salvia is produced by your mouth to help dissolve food so that it can be shallowed but it does not contain acid.


Shayna
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Digestion of starch actually starts in the mouth. The enzyme amylase, which is responsible for starch degradation is present in saliva. Starch can be considered as a long chain of many concatenated glucose molecules. Amylase splits this chain in many small two-glucose units (called maltose).
However, most of the starch taken up with food is degraded in the small intestine (amylases are also produced by the pancreas and are excreted to the duodenum from which they reach the small intestine). In the stomach, amylases are not active, i think (due to low pH). Infants cannot digest starch as they lack amylase production.


*Loving my two boys*
no i don't think so but i know there is digestive acids in your stomach that help you break down food and digest it! (AMINO ACIDS) hopefully this answered your question!


Twatwaffle
yes


Sam
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Sort of. The bacteria in your mouth (mine too) will convert sugar and other carbohydrates into acid, which causes tooth decay and gum disease. The saliva itself is otherwise an acid BUFFER that neutralizes this acid.

So... If you have a bucket of water and add a pint of acid, is there acid in the water? The acid didn't come from the water, but it's there. Before too long, the water will dilute the acid, so it won't be so acid any more. This is how it is with saliva and the acid produced by the bacteria that live in your mouth.

I hope your father and brother don't have any money riding on the answers you get here.


phantomlimb7
Saliva is primarily made of water (98%), mucous and enzymes like lipase. The pH of saliva is neutral, so there are no acids. In fact, most of the enzymes in saliva are inactive until they reach the acidic stomach. There are also some electrolytes in saliva, but they are in minute quantities and generally do not affect the acidity of saliva.
You have been watching too many alien movies if you think that saliva would contain acid. This would erode the mucous membranes of your mouth and esophagus.
If you don't believe me, get a strip of pH test paper, and wet it with some spit. There will be no change.


Henry W
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if it is called acid, the pH is less than 6 i presume? you can test it with red and blue paper sold in pharmacy (i forgot the name)

ps: enzyme and acid is difrent thing


Ashanofy Frederick Dixon
Saliva is the watery and usually somewhat frothy substance produced in the mouths of some animals, including humans. 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. Saliva contains the enzyme amylase that breaks some starches down into maltose and dextrin. Thus, digestion of food occurs within the mouth, even before food reaches the stomach.

The importance of the salivary protective function can be demonstrated by considering a scenario where an individual is about to vomit. Vomit contains gastric substances which are extremely acidic and will erode teeth. A protective reflex occurs before the individual prepares to vomit. Signals are sent from the brain to the salivary glands via the involuntary nervous system to cause increased saliva secretion, even before vomiting occurs. Thus, when vomiting does occur, there is already saliva present in the mouth acting to minimize the acidity and thus prevent destruction of tooth structure.

In addition to this, saliva is responsible for depositing salivary pellicle that covers the entirety of the tooth surfaces. This pellicle is believed to play a role in plaque formation, though there is evidence that it may also act as a protective barrier between acids and the tooth surface. [1]

A common belief is that saliva contained in the mouth has natural disinfectants, which leads people to believe it is beneficial to "lick their wounds". Researchers at the University of Florida at Gainesville have discovered a protein called nerve growth factor (NGF) in the saliva of mice. Wounds doused with NGF healed twice as fast as untreated and unlicked wounds; therefore, saliva does have some curative powers in some species. NGF has not been found in human saliva; however, researchers find human saliva contains such antibacterial agents as secretory IgA, lactoferrin, and lactoperoxidase. [2] It has not been shown that human licking of wounds disinfects them, but licking is likely to help clean the wound by removing larger contaminants such as dirt and may help to directly remove infective bodies by brushing them away.

There has been some disagreement regarding the daily salivary output in a healthy individual. Today, it is believed that the average person produces about 700mL of saliva per day, which is much less than originally thought.


Alvis
Yes, its' in tehre. It helps break down food. You and your dad should go back to school.


Lil L
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Yes there is. They are called enzymes and are there to chemically break down the food you chew in order for you to digest it.


mcsofOR923
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there is acid in saliva that begins the digestive process. Our pediatrician told us this. He said not to save baby food that you have been feeding the baby as saliva is transferred from the spoon into the dish and if you save it the saliva will begin to break up the food. "The book What to expect during the first year" will confirm this fact


MOM KNOWS EVERYTHING
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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. Saliva contains the enzyme amylase that breaks some starches down into maltose and dextrin. Thus, digestion of food occurs within the mouth, even before food reaches the stomach. It does not contain "acid", like the stomach does. In fact, it helps to neutralize stomach acid in the mouth when you vomit.


million$gon
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water, ptylin (enzyme that breaks down starch into more simple sugars), but no acids


xOxDominiquexOx
Saliva is the watery and usually somewhat frothy substance produced in the mouths of some animals, including humans. 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. Saliva contains the enzyme amylase that breaks some starches down into maltose and dextrin. Thus, digestion of food occurs within the mouth, even before food reaches the stomach.

The importance of the salivary protective function can be demonstrated by considering a scenario where an individual is about to vomit. Vomit contains gastric substances which are extremely acidic and will erode teeth. A protective reflex occurs before the individual prepares to vomit. Signals are sent from the brain to the salivary glands via the involuntary nervous system to cause increased saliva secretion, even before vomiting occurs. Thus, when vomiting does occur, there is already saliva present in the mouth acting to minimize the acidity and thus prevent destruction of tooth structure.

In addition to this, saliva is responsible for depositing salivary pellicle that covers the entirety of the tooth surfaces. This pellicle is believed to play a role in plaque formation, though there is evidence that it may also act as a protective barrier between acids and the tooth surface.


E C
Yes, but also during different times there are acid neutralizers. There is acid that forms from plaque, and saliva can neutralize that acid too.


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