If you've ever cut your finger, your first impulse was probably to stick it in your mouth.

Did you know that your instinct was serving you better than you might have realized?

Human saliva actually speeds up the healing process of a wound. When compared to rinsing a cut with saliva or a saltwater solution; the cut treated with saliva healed 30 percent faster. Saliva contains more than 200 compounds, many of which have proved capable of preventing cavities, fighting fungi and even protecting you against viral transmissions.

It's good to know that your salivary glands are generating loads of curative compounds every day! To keep those juices flowing drink plenty of water, maintain a healthy diet, exercise and visit your dentist on a regular basis.

Ronald Rosser DDS