Hi. I’m doctor Ken Moore.
Today we explore the importance of your saliva. Though most people may think it’s gross, saliva is vital for dental health as well as digestion.
Saliva is mostly water, but a small portion of it is made up of enzymes, antibacterial substances, mucus, and minerals. The optimal pH balance of the mouth is maintained by saliva, and pH balance is a vital factor for preventing cavities.
The minerals in saliva help to maintain the enamel surface of the teeth. Immunoproteins in saliva inhibit the overgrowth of microbes in the mouth, thereby protecting the gums from gingivitis.
Now that you know how vital saliva is to dental health, I’m sure you can see why ample salivary flow should concern you. For most people, everyday chewing is enough to stimulate salivary glands to release saliva. However, dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, is an ailment that should be dealt with quickly before oral health problems transpire.
If you are in the Bloomington area and are looking for quality dental care, please contact my office today at 812-332-1405. We have been providing general and cosmetic dentistry in Bloomington since 2001.
Our friendly staff would be happy to communicate with you about cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign, same day crowns, general dentistry, and the other services we provide to our valued patients.