Thursday, August 8, 2013

Saliva and Oral Health

Brushing, flossing, and regular dental exams are vital for maintaining a healthy mouth, but did you know there’s another factor that plays a considerable role in protecting your oral cavity from bacteria and gum disease? Saliva is an important player in the health of your teeth and gums. It serves to help you digest, carry essential nutrients, and protect your tooth enamel and mouth’s soft tissue from germs.

Without adequate saliva flow, it’s easy for bacteria to flourish and cause decay and infection. That’s why we encourage our patients to stay hydrated and address any issues that could compromise their body’s ability to produce saliva. Drinking plenty of water, chewing xylitol gum, and abstaining from tobacco products all help to ensure healthy saliva flow. If you still find you have dry mouth, or you have a condition or take medication that inhibits your body’s saliva production, please arrange an appointment with us.