What is the role of saliva in the mouth?

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Saliva coats and lubricates tissues in the mouth helping to keep them healthy. Saliva weakens acids released by bacteria in the mouth that can cause tooth decay. It helps cleanse the mouth and begins the digestive process when you eat. Speaking, chewing and swallowing all are made easier when the mouth is moist.

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