Why Is Saliva Important for Oral Health?

May 14, 2022 4:05 am

What comes to mind when you think of spit, or saliva? Do you think about the last time you were sprayed during a conversation or got sick after sharing a drink with someone? Or perhaps you have many happy memories involving baby drool or slobbery dog kisses. However you feel about saliva, it plays a critical role in your oral health every day!

What Is Saliva?

Saliva is made mainly of water so be sure to drink enough water every day so your salivary glands can produce a healthy spit level! Besides water, saliva contains mucus, proteins, minerals, enzymes, antibacterial components, and more. This powerful substance helps maintain the health of hard and soft tissues within the mouth.

Why Is Saliva Important?

Saliva keeps the mouth’s pH at a healthy balance by neutralizing acids in the mouth that would otherwise break down tooth enamel and irritate the gums. This neutralization helps prevent decay and gum disease. Additionally, saliva naturally cleans away food particles and bacteria from teeth and the tongue, helps prevent bad breath and dryness, provides a thirst cue, improves the taste of food, and aids in swallowing and digestion.

Caring for Your Oral Health

Even though saliva helps promote strong teeth and healthy gums, you still need proper oral healthcare at home and at the dentist. No matter what you eat or drink, you should floss daily and brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes at a time. You should also consume a balanced diet, avoid tobacco products, and visit Vero Dental for routine checkups and cleanings.

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