Why is Saliva Important Anyway?

Saliva may be made mostly of water, but there are other helpful substances in there that really go to work in keeping your mouth functioning properly.  Normally, the body makes up to 2 to 4 pints of saliva a day!  Some people suffer from dry mouth, which is not only uncomfortable, but is a welcome wagon for germs and bad breath.  We can help those people with special recommendations and medication suggestions to get their saliva back on Team Oral Health.  Keep in mind chewing foods (we recommend sugarless gum) is the most efficient way to stimulate salivary flow and most people create the most saliva in the late afternoon.

Why is Saliva Impor

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How Radiation and Chemotherapy Affect Our Mouths

Most of us have known someone or heard of someone that has gone through treatment for cancer.  One thing that we may not think about is how radiation and chemotherapy affect our mouths.  Both treatments for cancer zone in on diseased cells but they also change normal cells which cause side effects.  They have similar oral effects and it’s best to know ahead of time that certain problems may occur and to be prepared as best you can.

How-Radiation-and_-Chemotherapy_-Affect-Our-MouthsChemotherapy when administered in high doses will affect 2/3’s of patients receiving it with side effects occurring in their mouths.  Low doses of chemotherapy will affect the mouths of approximately 1/3 of those receiving treatment 

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Choosing the Right Mouthwash for YOU!

There are many different mouthwashes on the market today and it really kind of depends on what your specific needs are as to which one you choose. The main thing to look for in a mouthwash when choosing the right mouthwash for your taste, is that it has the American Dental Association’s (ADA) Seal of Acceptance. adaThis means that the product has met all criteria through the ADA to be approved for safety and effectiveness. It also means that anything on the label or packaging that the product claims has been evaluated and approved.

At your last dental check up, did you have a bunch of cavities?
If you did, you may want to start rinsing with a mouthwash that has fluoride.  Fluoride helps to increase the strength of teeth and also make them less cavity prone (you may want to also check out your diet as to why those cavities are appearing).  Usually fluoride rinses are meant to be swished after you brush your teeth and then avoid eating or drinking for about ½ hour to let it soak in.  To learn more about Fluoride, check out our “Guide to Fluoride: Why You Need it” blog entry.

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