When we think of super powers, we often think of things like flying, super strength, and invisibility. And yet we have one amazing power already built into our mouths, meant to help maintain our oral health. Saliva. Like a super hero with a mild mannered alter ego, it seems unassuming, but it does amazing things for our mouth, helping us to keep it fresh, clean, and healthy!
Saliva Protects Your Teeth
Saliva is 98% water, but also contains electrolytes, enzymes, and various antibacterial compounds. A good amount of saliva can help to keep your teeth free of debris, and clear food particles from your teeth throughout the day. This can protect tooth enamel and prevent decay. One way to support a healthy supply of saliva is to sip water throughout the day, staying hydrated and encouraging a healthy and moist environment for the soft tissues in your mouth.
Saliva Fights Germs, and Prevents Bad Breath
Clearing away the food particles from your teeth is one of the first steps of preventing bad breath. The drier your mouth is, the more likely germs can multiply, which can increase your risk for bad breath, and even cavities. One way you can help it along is to chew sugar free gum. This can help to maintain production of saliva. Other things you can do to prevent dryness in the mouth are to avoid consuming large amounts of caffeine, and staying hydrated.
The Dangers of Dry Mouth
Suffering from dry mouth, or Xerostomia, increases risk for dental issues such as cavities, gum disease, difficulty swallowing, and loss of taste. While there are things you can do to help prevent or treat dry mouth, a dentist may be able to help you consider how to best care for your oral health if you are at risk for dry mouth.
If you are suffering from dry mouth and wondering how to best support your oral health, stop by our Waco or Harker Heights dental office to talk to a dentist about how to prevent or treat dry mouth.