At Montz & Maher Dental Group in Friendswood, we encourage our patients to come in twice a year for a dental examination and cleaning. We also encourage our patients to be knowledgeable about oral health issues.
Let’s discuss saliva. This typically yucky substance is, in reality, a finely balance body fluid that not only maintains dental health but also aids in digestion of your food.
But what’s in saliva?
- Water. No surprise here! Your 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 powerful 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 dental patients produce enough saliva, but some suffer from dry mouth, which is a lack of saliva. This can be dangerous to your dental health, so be sure to meet with your dentist if you are experiencing this issue.
Montz and Maher Dental Group offers expert care in general and cosmetic dentistry. If you’re nervous about dental care, we also offer sedation dentistry. Call us today to get reliable information about improving your smile.