Saliva. It ebbs and flows in every mouth. Saliva has a bad reputation, for reasons we don’t need to go into here. But it doesn’t deserve that reputation. Saliva is a finely balance body fluid that keeps your mouth moist, and maintains the oral health of our Richardson TX patients.
What are the components of saliva?
- Water. No surprise here! You saliva consists mostly of water.
- Enzymes. Enzymes are important biological catalysts that speed chemical reactions. The enzymes in saliva begin the process of digestion.
- Immunoproteins. These are effective cells that fight cellular invaders, such as bacteria. Those in saliva inhibit the overgrowth of microbes in the mouth. This is essential to avoiding gingivitis and keeping a healthy pH balance in the mouth.
- Minerals. Saliva minerals assist in maintaining the protective enamel surface of the teeth.
Most of us in Richardson TX produce enough saliva, but some suffer from a lack of it, a condition called dry mouth (technically, xerostomia). Germs thrive in a dry mouth. It is linked to gum disease, and rapid tooth decay. If you have a problem with dry mouth, don’t wait for your next appointment: be sure to tell us as soon as possible.
At The Richardson Dentist, we practice general and cosmetic dentistry. For those patients with dental anxiety, we offer sedation dentistry. Your oral health is important to us, so call for an appointment today.
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