It’s probable you know exactly what saliva is, but do you truly understand the benefits it provides for your teeth? Saliva is produced by glands in your mouth to keep it moist, but its benefits go far beyond preventing dry mouth. As water and enzymes stand as the main ingredients, saliva helps with cavity reduction, digestion and more.
The most obvious function of saliva is lubrication – keeping your mouth moist. As we eat, saliva produces, beginning the digestive process. In fact, in some cases even before we eat, our bodies may begin to produce saliva in preparation for the food we plan on consuming. It softens and molds the food in our mouths making it easier to swallow after chewing. The back of the throat is also lined with saliva to increase flow for digestion. The enzymes begin to break down food immediately, preparing it for further digestion in the intestines and stomach.
When finished eating, saliva still has a lot of work to do. It cleans out the mouth of any remaining food particles and washes your teeth of any sticky material waiting to form cavities.
This is why some dentists suggest chewing a piece of sugar free gum after meals in order to increase saliva production to truly rinse out the mouth.
The most surprising aspect of saliva is it’s ability to recover your enamel that is broken down by the acids that lead to cavities. Saliva is constantly washing over the teeth in our mouths while various enzymes are deposited to remineralize and strengthen the enamel. It will also continually cleanse these areas, ridding them of potentially infectious bacteria.
Although saliva is a natural way to fight cavities, it is not enough on it’s own to keep your mouth healthy and clean. Brushing and flossing should be done religiously as well as frequent dentist visits. If you are in need of a dental cleaning, contact Sugar Land Dental Spa today to set up an appointment.