How much do you really know about your saliva, why you need it, what it does for you on a daily basis, etc.? If you’re shrugging and trying to think very hard about your saliva knowledge, it’s probably time for a quick refresher course with our Grand Prairie, TX team! From why it’s important to your oral health to how it’s actually helping you enjoy your daily life, we have the details and the knowledge you require in order to really know why consistent oral moisture is so important! Your Saliva 101 Introductory Class … is coming right up!
#1: It’s Your Mouth’s Natural Cleanser!
We know that you might assume your smile is in complete danger all day, every day, until you brush or floss, drink some water, etc. While these actions are most certainly an essential part of keeping your oral health on track, remember that your saliva is also present in order to support your smile health! Think of it as a consistent, day-long flush-out that helps kick bacteria from the places they’re perched (and food particles, too), so your smile doesn’t become too dirty.
#2: It Neutralizes Dangerous Acids
Let’s take this a step further. You know that every day, there’s plaque coating your smile, which becomes replenished after you brush and floss. You also know that the longer bacteria rest on your teeth, the longer they have to munch on whatever carbs you provide them, and they then release acids. Those acids are dangerous for your oral environment and can erode your teeth! Lucky for you, saliva helps to neutralize those acids, so your oral health is safe.
#3: If It Feels Different, Let Us Know
Does your saliva suddenly feel stringy? Do you feel like you don’t have enough? If so, you may be dealing with an issue called dry mouth. Obviously, it’s not good for your oral health and it is probably uncomfortable, too. The good news? We can help you figure out what’s wrong and how to fix it. Just come in for a dental checkup!
#4: Without It, You Face Difficulties
Did you know that when you don’t have enough saliva, you’re facing some serious difficulties? With all of the knowledge you just gathered up, it’s probably fairly obvious that your saliva helps you avoid problems like cavity formation, bad breath, difficult chewing, challenges maintaining a clean smile, and more! It’s quite the smile health supporter.
Learn All About Your Saliva During A Visit
If you have questions about your saliva, what it does, whether your moisture levels are on track, and more, bring them up during your next visit! Allow us to fill you in on new information during your checkups. Set up an appointment in Grand Prairie, TX by contacting your dentist at Pecan Tree Dental to schedule a visit at (972) 262-5111.