At Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS, we encourage our patients to come in twice a year for a dental examination and cleaning. We also encourage our patients to be knowledgeable about oral health issues.
Let’s discuss saliva. This typically yucky substance is, in reality, a finely balance body fluid that not only maintains dental health but also aids in digestion of your food.
But what’s in saliva?
- Water. No surprise here! Your saliva consists mostly of water.
- Enzymes. Enzymes are vital biological catalysts that speed chemical reactions. The enzymes in saliva begin the process of digestion.
- Immunoproteins. These are powerful 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 Salt Lake City dental patients produce enough saliva, but some suffer from dry mouth, which is a lack of saliva. This can be dangerous to your dental health, so be sure to meet with your Murray dentist if you are experiencing this.
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