Saliva is an important part of your oral health. A lot of people are put off by the topic of saliva, but the team at David C. Montz DDS in Friendswood wants you to understand its importance.
Saliva is a finely balance body fluid that not only maintains dental health but also aids in digestion of your food. It contains many substances that a healthy body requires. So, without further adieu, here are the main components of saliva.
- Water. No surprise here! You saliva consists mostly of water.
- Enzymes. Enzymes are vital biological catalysts that speed chemical reactions. The enzymes in saliva begin the process of digestion.
- Immunoproteins. These are effective cells that fight cellular invaders, such as bacteria. Those in saliva inhibit the overgrowth of microbes in the mouth. This is essential to avoiding gingivitis and keeping a healthy pH balance in the mouth.
- Minerals. Saliva minerals assist in maintaining the protective enamel surface of the teeth.
Most people have enough saliva, but some suffer from dry mouth, which is a lack of saliva. This can be detrimental to your dental health. If you’re one of them, be sure to bring it up at your next checkup.
David C. Montz DDS in Friendswood provides general and cosmetic dentistry, including dental implants and smile makeovers. Call our office today to schedule an appointment.
Contact David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry:
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820 S Friendswood Ste 100