Our Saliva
August 25, 2023
Discover the Vital Role of Saliva in Oral Health. Comprising water, cells, enzymes, and more, saliva isn't just moisture—it's a defense mechanism. Learn how it lubricates, aids digestion, cleanses, enhances taste, and maintains pH balance. Combat dry mouth's risks with expert tips and solutions, from hydration to specialised products."

Author:

Ina Alberts
Our saliva consists of 99% water, electrolytes, mucus, white blood & epithelial cells, enzymes & antimicrobial agents.

Good salivary flow is important for maintaining good oral health. Certain medical conditions or chronic medications can affect the amount of saliva you make, resulting in a dry mouth (Xerostomia). Bacteria thrive in this environment and can put you at risk of gum disease, bad breath and tooth decay.

Important functions of saliva:

Saliva lubricates! It wets our food in order for it to be swallowed easily and it keeps oral tissues from drying out.

Saliva aids digestions of food! Enzymes found in our saliva start the process of digestion.

Saliva has a cleansing function! It washes away food particles and enzymes break down food particles between teeth.

Saliva helps us to taste! It acts as the medium carrying our food to taste buds.

Saliva maintains the pH level in your mouth! Typically a level of 6.2 to 7.4, preventing mineral loss from teeth.

Tips if you have too little saliva?

  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  • Chew sugar-free gum or suck on sugar-free lozenges.
  • Artificial salivary products are available in the form of toothpastes, rinses, sprays or gels (e.g. Zerostom and Biotene)
  • Talk to your doctor about chronic medications you’re on.
  • Visit your dentist and oral hygienist more regularly.
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