Posted on 8/15/2017 by Dr Jonathan Ford
Saliva is naturally created in our mouth through activities such as speaking, chewing, and eating. Most people think that the only role saliva has is to help us swallow our food. The truth is, that is only one of the roles that saliva plays, and this role is relatively minor in comparison to the bigger roles that it plays with other parts of your mouth. Saliva is incredibly important in the overall health of your teeth and the rest of your mouth.
Saliva is a Superhero
Saliva is what helps coat your teeth in nutrients, and what fights off bacteria and acid. This combines to help protect your teeth from tooth decay. When you eat or drink something acidic, your saliva instantly goes to work trying to protect your mouth. Acid erodes your teeth, so the saliva instantly turns more basic to neutralize the acids in your mouth. When you sleep, the saliva coats the inside of your mouth to keep it moist, and while it is doing this, it washes your teeth. It bathes your teeth and gums in nutrients to make them healthier, and it helps restore calcium to make your teeth nice and strong.
The best thing you can do is make sure you drink enough water each day to ensure that your body remains hydrated. Your body’s water stores is where your mouth pulls from to create the necessary saliva to help protect your teeth. By making sure that your body remains hydrated, you allow your mouth to ensure it can stay as healthy as possible.
If you tend to have a dry mouth, you need to speak with your dentist. The best thing you can do is to get it treated as quickly as possible, so your mouth does not miss out on any of the amazing benefits that saliva provides.
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