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.
Let us break down the ways Saliva plays such a significant role in your mouth:
• Keeps your mouth moist and comfortable – dry mouth is not fun at all
See also: Mouth Breathing and Dental Health
• Helps you chew your food, taste it, and aids in swallowing
• Prevents bad breath
See also: Why Do People Get Bad Breath
• Fights germs in your mouth to prevent infection
• Helps keep the surface of your teeth strong by providing high levels of calcium, fluoride and phosphate ions at the tooth surface – How neat is that?
• Helps keep dentures securely in place
See also: Top 3 Questions to Ask Your Dentist When Considering Dentures
Sometimes appreciating the little things in life is what it’s all about! To read more about your friendly pal Saliva check out our blog: The Surprising Facts About Spit.
Information compiled from WebMD, ADA and staff at Szmanda Dental Center.