You know that your mouth is full of saliva, but do you really understand why? What purpose does the saliva serve, and does it really help your mouth at all? The truth is that the saliva serves many important functions in your body, including several benefits to your mouth and oral health.
Removal of Waste and Debris The mouth really is a dirty place, as it accumulates yeast, viruses, and bacteria that can attach to the tongue, teeth, and gums. Unfortunately, this can lead to a variety of dental health issues, including gum disease and tooth decay. Oral bacteria have also been connected to health conditions like heart disease, so saliva has an important job in waste disposals. The saliva physically washes away these accumulations.
Prevent Cavities and Decay
As previously noted, the saliva protects the teeth against dental health issues, including tooth decay. Oral bacteria can lead to acid attacks on the teeth, resulting in cavities. Saliva works at the mouth's natural protector, washing away acids or neutralizing them. Saliva also contains phosphate and calcium that can reverse early stages of the decay process.
Wound Healing Should you bite your lip, develop a canker sore, or otherwise injure your mouth, the saliva can actually help with the healing process. Saliva is full of vascular and epidermal growth factors, so it can initiate the repair and regeneration of damaged tissues.
Secure the Dentures
If you have dentures, you'll definitely want to have a healthy amount of saliva in your mouth. Saliva works to keep false teeth securely in place. You won't need to worry as much denture-related mishaps as long as your mouth stays well-lubricated.
Do you feel that your mouth is too dry or that you no longer produce enough saliva? If so, give our office a call today so that we can identify the problem.