If you've got some crazy idea against toothpaste, remind me never to get in close proximity to you!
Toothpaste and mouthwash -- key ingredients for an overcrowded world (along with deodorant).
-- Tom Fine
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From: "Don Cox" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 5:28 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] The guy who cleans his 78s with spit.
> On 23/06/2014, Frank Strauss wrote:
>> Aren't you glad you have a dentist lurking on this list? I would like
>> to make two points concerning the use of saliva as a cleaning fluid.
>> 1. Saliva is principally water, but may contain several things that
>> are beneficial to the saliva producer, and is itself mechanically
>> beneficial. Contents may include enzymes, beneficial bacteria, sugars,
>> antibodies, to name a few. The concept that saliva is a good tooth
>> cleaner is not valid. Enzymatic action is dandy for breaking down
>> protein, but you may not have much protein either on your disk or on
>> your teeth.
> I thought the main digestive enzymes in saliva were amylases, for
> digesting starch (and other polysccharides ?) rather than proteins.
>> Saliva bathes mouth surfaces, causing the benefits one
>> might expect of bathing. If it was a good tooth cleaner, Colgate,
>> Crest and Oral B wouldn't be in business.
> The existence of a popular product doesn't mean it is necessary.
>> 2. This probably should be
>> point 1. Saliva is a bodily fluid. In case the record and art
>> conservators of the world aren't aware, bodily fluids are an issue
>> these days. There are things in the saliva of some folks that you
>> don't want on your record. Just one small example might be
>> tuberculosis bacilli, which can live a long time. Bottom line, saliva
>> is at best a contaminated fluid, and I would not be anxious to own a
>> record cleaned with it.
> Don Cox
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