Saliva: It's a "Spitting Image" of...You!
Like the individual elements in your favorite recipe, your saliva contains essential ingredients for your health and wellness! From a sprinkle of proteins that protect your immunity, to a dash of buffers that restore the pH balance in your mouth, every ingredient is crucial.
Your teeth would decay much more quickly without the 1% of saliva that contains enzymes and proteins.
Saliva doesn't prevent cavities altogether; however, that mix of enzymes and proteins sure helps slow down the decay process!
The average person creates approximately 600 ml of saliva daily, enough to fill a vending machine soft-drink bottle.
This remarkable fluid helps to neutralize acids produced by decay causing bacteria.
Children produce almost as much saliva as adults.
Tasting sweet, salty, bitter and sour foods would be much more difficult without saliva.
The mere mention or thought of food is enough to increase the flow of saliva.
As a mirror reveals your dental health, some believe that your saliva mirrors your total bodies health. Soon health care professionals may be able to tell as much about your health from saliva as they can from other body fluids.
In fact, this patient-friendly testing option is within spitting distance!
A "Moist Mouth" Matters!
In healthy mouths, without even thinking about it, saliva is released from your salivary glands all day long.
A reduced saliva flow that results in a dry mouth can be caused by certain medical disorders and is often a side effect of medications such as antihistamines, decongestants, pain killers and diuretics.
Some of the common problems associated with dry mouth include a constant sore throat, burning sensation, problems speaking, difficulty swallowing, hoarseness or dry nasal passages. Left untreated, dry mouth can contribute to decay.
So ask us about proven ways to help restore moisture to your mouth.
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Please feel free to talk to us about your oral health concerns.
Thomas G. VanBuskirk, DDS