Saliva can get a bad reputation for being gross, dirty, and sometimes even smelly if you don’t care properly for your teeth. But in reality, saliva has one of the most important jobs in your mouth. Without it, you wouldn’t be able to speak or eat. There are so many things that your saliva does to protect your mouth.
It removes waste. And by waste, we mean bacteria and viruses that get trapped in your teeth and gums. Saliva not only can clean them out from your teeth, but can bunch them together even before they get stuck to your teeth so they’re swallowed before they even become an issue.
It protects your mouth. Saliva helps neutralize any bad things you may put in your mouth. This can include anything from acidic food or drinks to chewing tobacco or cigarettes. Additionally, if any of these things actually damage your mouth, saliva contains certain molecules that will aide in healing any oral tissues.
It keeps your mouth from drying out. Dry mouth can not only cause tooth decay, but can make it incredibly difficult to eat or speak. We need our saliva to help break down the food we eat so we can chew and digest.
It prevents cavities. Saliva is the number one defense in your mouth against tooth decay. When you eat something high in sugar or acid, it washes that film from your teeth and breaks it down so as not to cause any damage to your teeth. It can even take a starch and turn it into a good sugar that clears the mouth.
If you think something might be wrong with your saliva, call Dr. Real at (714) 525-2888 to make an appointment. If there’s something wrong, Dr. Real can help identify what it is and what you can do to fix it.