How much saliva do we produce in a lifetime?

You might want to clean your bathtub after you read this.

19th June 2016
How much saliva do we produce in a lifetime? (Daniel Bright/BBC Focus)

Asked by: Iqra Shahzad, London

Your saliva is mostly recycled, rather than produced, because you are constantly swallowing and reabsorbing it. But the flow rate is around 30ml of saliva an hour – a bit more when you’re eating, a bit less when you’re sleeping. That’s a wine bottle full every day, or 20,000 litres in your lifetime. In other words, 53 bathtubs full to the brim with saliva! 

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