Everything You Never Wanted To Know About Saliva

Phoenix dry mouth relief

Hello, my name is Dr. Harris, and I want to welcome you to my Phoenix dental blog. My dental practice, Harris Dental, wants to help our Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa patients to be knowledgeable about oral health issues.

Today we are going to discuss the complexity and importance of your saliva. This typically yucky substance is, in reality, a finely balance body fluid that not only maintains dental health but also aids in digestion of your food. So, without further adieu, here are the main components of saliva.

1. Water. No surprise here! You saliva consists mostly of water.

2. Enzymes. Enzymes are important biological catalysts that speed chemical reactions. The enzymes in saliva begin the process of digestion.

3. Immunoproteins. These are powerful cells that fight cellular invaders, such as bacteria. Those in saliva inhibit the overgrowth of microbes in the mouth. This is essential to avoiding gingivitis and keeping a healthy pH balance in the mouth.

4. Minerals. Saliva minerals assist in maintaining the protective enamel surface of the teeth.

Most dental patients produce enough saliva, but some suffer from dry mouth, which is a lack of saliva. This can be harmful to your dental health, so be sure to talk to your dentist if you are experiencing this.

If you are in the Queen Creek, Scottsdale, or Mesa area and are in search of quality dental care, please call my office today at 480-428-0040 . Our patient-oriented staff would be happy to talk to you about our well-liked services, which include:

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