Is it a good idea to put saliva into a wound?

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Is it a good idea to put saliva into a wound?
« on: 01/10/2010 19:30:04 »
Raghu sesha  asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Hello Dr. Chris,
    I was listening to one of your shows of 2008.  In the 18 May 2008 show, you discussed about the large number of bacteria present in the mouth, both good and the bad ones.  In the show, Marcello Riggio from Glasgow University pointed out that the bacteria present in mouth can cause major problems if they enter the blood stream.
    I have also read that the saliva does contain antibodies.
    So, if I have a cut in my finger, is it a good practice to put my saliva on the wound?  Is it good practice to put my saliva on someone else's wound?  I have seen this practice in many places.  I wanted to check if this is a healthy practice.

    I love your shows.  Keep up the good work.

Regards,
Raghu S

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