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The Importance of Saliva for Oral Health

Posted on 9/19/2022 by Shiv Sharma, DDS
Did you know that your mouth is constantly producing saliva? Saliva is one of the most important factors for maintaining oral health. Saliva helps to keep your teeth clean and free of bacteria, it helps to protect your gums from infection, and it even helps to keep dentures in place! If you have problems with dry mouth, bad breath, or gum disease, you need to read on for more information about the importance of saliva. Saliva Helps Keep Dentures Securely in Place Dentures are artificial teeth that are used to replace missing ones. They are usually made of plastic or porcelain and must be kept moist to stay in place. Saliva helps to do this by keeping the dentures lubricated and moist. Saliva Contains Enzymes That Help Break Down Food and Plaque Enzymes like amylase and lipase, which are found in saliva, help to break down carbohydrates and fats. It is essential because it helps to keep cavities at bay. You can also avoid getting gum disease. Plaque is an adherent bacteria sticking to teeth. If plaque is not eliminated, it can harden and turn into tartar. The tartar can be eliminated by a licensed dentist or oral hygienist. They use tools like a scaler to remove it. Saliva also contains minerals like calcium and phosphate. These minerals help to keep teeth strong and healthy. Saliva Helps Neutralize Acids That Can Cause Tooth Decay Tooth decay occurs when acids attack the tooth enamel. Saliva helps neutralize these acids and can help prevent or reduce tooth decay. Some common signs of tooth decay include tooth sensitivity, pain when chewing or biting, visible holes or pits in teeth, and white, brown, or black spots on teeth. See a dentist if you notice these signs as soon as possible. Our dental office offers the best treatments and services to help you achieve optimal oral health. We are dedicated to giving patients the highest quality of care possible....
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