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Friday, April 1, 2016

Pebbles Anyone?

"Great information sent to me by a good friend"

Hey Charlie,

Yesterday I was out on horseback for about 4 hours. I did not drink water, only coffee, before that and was getting kinda thirty. I thought about the pebble in your mouth tip to keep saliva going. Have you did a post, likely a short one, addressing this old tip? and what type of rock to use. Saliva comes from your saliva gland next to the lymph nodes in your neck-jaw line. I'm thinking more of the mental support of having a moist mouth, rather than the discomfort of having a dry mouth. Also keeping a pebble in your mouth will likely keep your mouth closed and thereby not losing extra moisture to evaporation.

From WebMD:

Saliva is a clear liquid made by several glands in your mouth area.

Saliva is an important part of a healthy body. It is mostly made of water. But saliva also contains important substances that your body needs to digest food and keep your teeth strong.

Saliva is important because it:

•Keeps your mouth moist and comfortable
•Helps you chew, taste, and swallow
•Fights germs in your mouth and prevents bad breath
•Has proteins and minerals that protect tooth enamel and prevent tooth decay and gum disease
•Helps keep dentures securely in place

You make saliva when you chew. The harder you chew, the more saliva you make. Sucking on a hard candy or cough drop helps you make saliva, too.

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.

There are six major salivary glands and hundreds of minor ones. Saliva moves through tubes called salivary ducts.

Normally, the body makes up to 2 to 4 pints of saliva a day. Usually, the body makes the most saliva in the late afternoon. It makes the least amount at night.

But everyone is different. What doctors consider to be a normal amount of saliva varies quite a bit. That makes diagnosing saliva problems a bit of a challenge.

Too Little Saliva-

Certain diseases and medicines can affect how much saliva you make. If you do not make enough saliva, your mouth can become quite dry. This condition is called dry mouth (xerostomia).

Dry mouth causes the gums, tongue, and other tissues in the mouth to become swollen and uncomfortable. Germs thrive in this type of setting. A germy, dry mouth leads to bad breath.

Dry mouth also makes you more likely to develop rapid tooth decay and gum (periodontal) disease. That's because saliva helps clear food particles from your teeth. This helps reduce your risk for cavities.

If you have dry mouth, you may also notice you do not taste things like you used to.


P.S. Quartz pebbles or similar stones are the best to use.

Stay Prepared! Stay Alive!