Oral Health 101: Saved by Saliva

Every day we wear down on our enamel but luckily every day tooth remineralization happens naturally. Through no immediate action of our own, our body works with us to promote a healthy oral environment. So how is it done? Saliva. The best and most natural medium for remineralization is naturally produced by your mouth.

Every day saliva removes bacteria and other substances from your teeth and your gums. But the work of saliva doesn’t stop there, it also acts as added protection against the acid that tries to wear away at your enamel and cause tooth decay. Saliva also protects oral tissue and directly effects certain bacteria by changing their ability to release acid. Again, helping to prevent tooth decay. The benefits keep on coming because saliva also prevents bad breath by keeping certain bacteria away.

The quality and quantity of your saliva directly influence the process of demineralization and remineralization.

You have control over the type of saliva that you produce. Sometimes as you get older you produce less saliva, which means less protection against bacteria. But eating food, drinking water or chewing gum can help stimulate saliva production. By increasing your overall salivary flow and your saliva’s antibacterial capacity you will help your teeth remineralize and prevent your enamel from wearing away.

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