Have you ever wondered why your mouth produces so much saliva? And it’s not just your mouth, either, but dogs too. What’s the deal with all this excess liquid?
Well, the good news is that this production of saliva greatly benefits the health of your teeth, and your mouth. Once you understand how important saliva is in your everyday life, you’ll likely do a lot more to make sure that you eat foods which increase saliva production.
What does it do?
The key tasks saliva carries out include producing enamel-protecting elements, and breaking food down to give it taste. Saliva is so effective at producing enamel that you’ll likely hear from a dentist to eat foods that enhance saliva production. Dr. Dennis Jenkins can give you a comprehensive list of foods that achieve this exact task.
Why is it important?
Saliva is important because it helps protect your teeth from infection and decay. When you get your check up here at Designing Smiles PSC in Sellersburg, Indiana, that’s what our team is looking for – infection and decay. Not finding any is obviously the desired outcome.
Saliva helps your enamel remain strong, and that’s key to stopping tooth decay. Enamel is the hard outer layer of your teeth that surround the living bundles of nerves and blood vessels that make your teeth truly alive.
It may not seem important on the surface, but saliva plays a vital role in your oral health. If you’d like to know more or to schedule an appointment, call us today at 812-246-3386.