Did you know that a healthy smile begins with healthy saliva production in your mouth? Healthy salivary glands produce up to a quart of water every single day and saliva production is vital to a healthy functioning mouth because it helps with swallowing and protects the teeth. If you don’t produce enough saliva, it can eventually lead to tooth decay and gum disease.

So what is this amazing body fluid? Saliva is a clear, watery liquid secreted by the salivary glands which travels to the mouth through tubes called salivary ducts. The composition of saliva is mostly water (this is why staying hydrated is so important), but includes protective mucus, glycoproteins, antibacterial compounds, electrolytes, and enzymes.

So what is this amazing body fluid? Saliva is a clear, watery liquid secreted by the salivary glands which travels to the mouth through tubes called salivary ducts. The composition of saliva is mostly water (this is why staying hydrated is so important) but includes protective mucus, glycoproteins, antibacterial compounds, electrolytes, and enzymes.

  • Plaque: Saliva removes harmful bacteria in your mouth that will otherwise form into plaque. Plaque produces toxins from bacteria that erode tooth enamel, leaving you at risk for cavities.
  • Tooth enamel: saliva keeps teeth strong by coating them in calcium and phosphorous to neutralize acid.
  • Oral debris: Saliva washes away oral debris from bits of food particles left behind after you eat and drink.
  • Remineralization: if you drink water with fluoride in it, or use fluoride toothpaste or mouthwash, the fluoride in saliva and will help protect tooth enamel as it coats it.

Remineralizing teeth works best from a combination of healthy saliva production, excellent daily oral care and regular dental cleanings. So maintain healthy saliva production by staying well hydrated with plenty of water, and even stimulate saliva production with sugarless gum.

If it is time for your next dental cleaning with Dr. Trevor Smith, you can reach our dedicated dental team in Pleasant Grove, Utah by calling 801-785-2574 today!