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How is the flow of saliva stimulated?

Chewing is the most efficient way to stimulate salivary flow by causing muscles to compress the salivary glands and release saliva. Through internal feedback mechanisms the taste and consistency of food also affect the quantity of saliva produced. It is difficult to exhaust the salivary glands, so chewing throughout the day to maintain stimulated salivary flow is possible.

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